Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Pain At The Postal Pump

The spiraling cost of gas is not only affecting regular drivers, it's also costing the Postal Service a lot of money according to the Associated Press.

AP reports, "Every time gas prices go up a penny, it costs the U.S. Postal Service an extra $8 million a year. The Postal Service paid $6.5 billion to deliver the mail last year, a half billion more than the year before."

With over 200,000 delivery cars and trucks, the post office operates the largest civilian fleet of vehicles in the country.

Shown above is a hybrid-electric mail delivery van. USPS currently has 30,000 alternative fuel vehicles that operate on compressed natural gas, propane, ethanol, and biodiesel.

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posted by Don Schilling at 12:01 AM