USPS OIG Blog: Test Driving Left-Hand Drive Vehicles

It’s not easy to find something the entire postal community can agree on. But the U.S. Postal Service’s need to replace its delivery vehicles just might get all heads nodding. Given package volume growth, the Postal Service needs vehicles with increased cargo-handling capacity to replace the existing fleet of left hand drive (LHD) vehicles, many…

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USPS OIG Review of Extended Capacity Left-Hand Drive Delivery Vehicle Acquisition

Objective Our objective was to determine whether the U.S. Postal Service’s Extended Capacity Left-Hand Drive (LHD) delivery vehicles acquisition achieved performance metrics, costs, and savings. The Postal Service has experienced package volume growth that has created the need for increased vehicle cargo-handling capacity. Additionally, the existing fleet of LHD vehicles in service have exceeded their…

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USPS orders 9,000 new vans from Fiat Chrysler

The Postal Service has ordered more than 9,000 cargo vans from Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, part of a broad effort to invest in new vehicles and equipment for USPS. Fiat Chrysler will supply the Postal Service with 9,113 Ram ProMaster 2500 cargo vans. The 2016 vehicles are equipped with a 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine rated at…

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Postal Service could save $400 million on cheap gas

By Andy Medici – May 11, 2015 The Postal Service has saved about $200 million so far this fiscal year as gas prices remain lower than expected, according to the agency. Joseph Corbett, the chief financial officer at the Postal Service, said in a conference call with reporters May 8 that if the low gas…

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New Postal Service delivery fleet could include drones

The Postal Service has winnowed down the companies bidding to build the next generation of its delivery vehicles – and one of them is offering up an all-electric truck that doubles as a drone launcher. The agency released a list of pre-qualified sources for the contract April 14, which include Ford motor company, AM General…

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USPS: Moving forward – USPS seeks information for new delivery vehicles

The Postal Service is continuing plans to introduce next generation delivery vehicles that are durable, affordable and better meet changing delivery needs. The USPS fleet currently has more than 214,000 vehicles, including 180,000 delivery vehicles that are slated for replacement with next generation vehicles. Many of the existing vehicles are LLVs, which have become iconic…

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USPS Solicitation / Request For Information: Up to 10,000 RHD Delivery Vehicles Needed

Request For Information RHD Vehicles [PDF] Solicitation Number: RFI-RHDVEHICLES Agency: United States Postal Service Office: Supplies and Services Purchasing Location: Vehicles CMC Date: October 9, 2014 The United States Postal Service is issuing a Request for Information (RFI) to evaluate the possibility of purchasing a new commercially available Right Hand Drive vehicle to supplement its…

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USPS Vehicle Fleet Even Older, Crappier Than My Toyota Tercel

The U.S. Postal Service estimates that most of its current fleet of vehicles are going to crap out by 2017. Sure, they pretty it up by saying that the vehicles are “near or have exceeded their expected service life,” but we all know what that means. Yet the USPS has the same problem as many…

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