USPS OIG: Delivery of a New Delivery Vehicle

When you buy a car, how long do you tend to keep it? A few years? Six or seven? Ten? For the U.S. Postal Service, it’s a long, long time. The backbone of its delivery fleet – more than 200,000 vehicles – is the right-hand-drive Long Life Vehicle (LLV), which has an expected service life…

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Oshkosh Teams With Ford On $6-Billion USPS Mail Truck Bid

By Jerry Hirsch – March 06, 2018 Ford Motor Co. is working with Oshkosh Corp. on a bid that could be worth more than $6 billion to develop the next mail truck for the U.S. Postal Service. At least one prototype of the truck, which is based on Ford’s Transit cargo van, was seen undergoing…

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USPS Testing Karsan Plug-in Hybrid Mail Truck

By Carly Schaffner – March 05, 2018 The U.S. Postal Service is testing a prototype of a plug-in hybrid mail truck from Karsan Otomotive, a Turkish truck maker. The truck, one of a series of prototypes from five different manufacturers competing to build the next mail truck, is undergoing tests on pavement and rural dirt…

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Spartan Motors awarded $214M cargo van contract for USPS fleet

Award Date: September 29, 2017 The United States Postal Service awarded Spartan Motors the contract for Solicitation 3D-17-A-0140 (for the purchase of Cargo Vans). There will be two design types; Cab Over Engine (COE) and Cab Behind Engine (CBE). Within each design type, two sizes of cargo bodies are identified; 18 ft. and 24 ft….

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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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Postal Service to Squander $2 Billion on Vehicles

By John Gizzi – December 1, 2015 The U.S Postal Service is now on the verge of unveiling its new fleet of delivery vehicles — which will cost more than $2 billion. The plan underscores waste the service cannot afford. This was the conclusion of a just-released study commissioned by the advocacy group Securing America’s…

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USPS takes next step in effort to upgrade vehicles

The Postal Service continues moving forward with plans to upgrade its delivery fleet. Last week, USPS asked select suppliers in the auto industry to submit proposals for next generation delivery vehicle prototypes. This is the latest step in a multi-year effort to replace as many as 180,000 vehicles with newer models. Once the proposals are…

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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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