As Postal Service Fleet Ages, Reports of Fires Grow

By Ryan Raiche – November 23, 2017 The postal service mail truck that caught fire earlier this week on Highway 12 in Wayzata was the latest to light up the night sky following an alarming trend around the country. In this case, traffic management cameras captured the flames. The carrier escaped the truck with injury,…

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USPS Adds Another 3,339 Ram ProMaster Vans

By Paul Clinton – September 8, 2016 FCA has started delivering another 3,339 Ram ProMaster cargo vans to the U.S. Postal Service in a second order that follows a 9,113-vehicle order last year. USPS awarded the contract to FCA on March 24, and the vehicles will be delivered by the end of November, said Ralph…

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USPS Blog: Next Generation Delivery Vehicle Strategy

By Sarah Ninvaggi – January 15, 2015 The following information outlines the Postal Service’s position on our Next Generation Delivery Vehicle acquisition process. In order to understand the investment in Next Generation Delivery Vehicles, it is important to understand some background on the Postal Service’s fleet. While many would recognize our familiar right-hand-drive Long Life…

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Trucks on fire: USPS Long Life Vehicles outlive their lifespan

January 11, 2016 With over 211,000 vehicles, the Postal Service operates the largest civilian fleet in the world. About 190,000 vehicles are used to collect and deliver the mail, and about 140,000 of them are Grumman-built Long Life Vehicles (LLVs), the iconic postal trucks that are a ubiquitous presence on America’s streets and roads. These…

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U.S. Postal Service searching for the mail truck of the future

By Gary Gastelu – February 27, 2015 The U.S. Postal Service has ordered a special delivery for itself. The agency is looking to replace its aging fleet of very aptly named Long Life Vehicles (LLVs) — the iconic, boxy mail trucks with the sloped hoods that have been pulling up in front of American homes…

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Postal Service’s next-gen van carries a $6 billion prize

By Gabe Nelson – February 14, 2015 Snow, rain, heat and gloom of night can’t stop the nation’s mail carriers from completing their appointed rounds. But broken-down delivery trucks can. Faced with rising maintenance costs for its aging fleet and needing extra cargo space to satisfy the desires of online shoppers, the U.S. Postal Service…

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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 OIG: The Road to a New Delivery Fleet

What should the postal vehicle of the future look like? The U.S. Postal Service recently put that question to its carriers and vehicle maintenance personnel and is currently reviewing the feedback. It’s an important question because the delivery fleet is aging and the Postal Service needs to quickly replace it.   In fact, our recent audit…

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