Last year, President Obama made an executive order demanding that the federal government reduce its greenhouse gas emissions. Now, the US Postal Service is heeding the call.
In Key West, FL., mail carriers have switched from delivery vans to T-3 electric delivery carts, which cost 25 cents per day to run and have zero emissions. The smaller carts are faster than walking and more efficient than driving vans, making the jobs of mail carriers much easier and quicker.
Key West currently has two of the T-3 vehicles under evaluation, and there are 11 others in use around the nation. The Postal Service wants to reduce its petroleum use by 20% by the year 2015, and last year increased its use of alternative fuels by 26%, resulting in a $314 million dollar savings to the annual fuel bill.
Other federal entities are responding to Obama's order as well. The EPA is switching its transportation fleet from conventional to hybrid vehicles, and the Department of Energy has a fleet of 350 solar powered carts for transportation on the Sandia National Laboratories campus. With 2 million federal employees, small changes to the status quo can make a massive difference in our nations emissions levels and dependence on foreign oil.
(via CS Monitor)