USPS Selected Six Finalists For ZEV-Capable Mail Trucks Project
USPS selected six finalists for the Next Generation Delivery Vehicles (NGDV) project out of 15 qualified applicants in 2015.
The new special delivery vehicle is to replace the 1987 Grumman Long Life Vehicle (LLV) and offer zero-emission capability.
The companies that are still in the game for bold orders are:
- AM General
- VT Hackney (Workhorse Group will provide the chassis and powertrain)
- Karsan (Turkish)
- Mahindra (India)
Out of the race are pretty big names, as well as smaller players that really counted on the USPS for survival like Emerald:
- AMP Holding, Inc.
- Emerald Automotive
- Fiat Chrysler Automobiles US LLC
- Ford Motor Company
- Freightliner Custom Chassis Corporation
- Morgan Olson, LLC
- Nissan North America, Inc.
- OEM Systems, LLC
- ZAP Jonway
The top six will now build a total of 50 prototypes for $37.4 million and after evaluation USPS will choose the best vehicle.
“After a rigorous evaluation process, the Postal Service today awarded contracts to six prime suppliers who together will produce 50 prototype vehicles as part of the next phase of the NGDV acquisition process.
The six selected suppliers include AM General, Karsan, Mahindra, Oshkosh, Utilimaster, and VT Hackney and the contract awards are valued at $37.4 million. The suppliers also have the discretion to team or subcontract with additional suppliers, and it is anticipated some will do so to develop the finished prototypes.
Half of the prototypes will feature hybrid and new technologies, including alternative fuel capabilities. The prototypes will represent a variety of vehicle sizes and drive configurations, in addition to advanced powertrains and a range of hybrid technologies.
The suppliers will have approximately one year from contract award to develop and produce their prototypes. The Postal Service then plans to test the vehicles during a period of approximately six months in a range of different climates, topography, population centers and delivery environments. The tests will help demonstrate the ability of the proposed designs to meet our operational needs, including the need to deliver to mailboxes across the United States.
With the prototype selection, the Postal Service is also announcing a forthcoming RFP for commercial off-the-shelf, right-hand drive delivery vehicles. The Postal Service seeks to explore a wide variety of available options during this research phase, and will evaluate any commercial off-the-shelf vehicles proposed as a result of this RFP as we continue to assess the delivery fleet mix.
Today’s announcements outline a significant step in the learning and development phase that will lead to a multi-year acquisition process. The lessons learned from this process will help inform the future production program.
Our goal is to obtain vehicles that will help us provide reliable and efficient delivery service for customers and honor our commitment to reducing the environmental impact of our fleet, while meeting the needs of our employees to best do their jobs safely. The Postal Service currently operates a diverse fleet including left-hand drive, multiple sized and alternative fuel vehicles. In addition to the NGDV process and the commercial, off-the-shelf, right-hand-drive RFP, we are deploying commercially-available vehicles including cargo vans and mixed delivery vehicles on an ongoing basis to supplement delivery needs.”