The United States Postal Service (USPS) is currently on the hunt for a new truck to deploy across the nation, and a total of six vehicle manufacturers are bidding for the contract, including AM General, Mahindra, and Oshkosh. If the latter industrial company wins the bid, we may all be seeing a lot more of the Ford Transit around.
That’s because, as Autoblog points out, Oshkosh’s proposed postal delivery truck is very clearly Ford Transit-based, evident in the shape of the headlamps, the grille cutout, and the hood and cargo box panels. It’s perhaps not immediately obvious, however, as Oshkosh has widened the cab by a significant margin and mounted a large rubber extension on the front bumper. At the rear is a roll-up door, in place of the original outward-swinging cargo doors.
If Oshkosh is awarded the contract to build the USPS’s next mail truck, it could be big business not just for that company, but for Ford. At last count, the US Postal Service operated one of the largest civilian fleets in the world, with a total of more than 220,000 vehicles. That’s nearly double the number of Ford Transit vans that the automaker sold in the US last year.
Should Oshkosh’s vehicle proposal be selected, it’s uncertain whether it would utilize an original Ford powertrain. Here in the US, the Ford Transit is available with a normally-aspirated 3.7L V6, a 3.5L EcoBoost V6, or a 3.2L Duratorq diesel I5. More than one of Oshkosh’s competitors has deployed an electrified powertrain in their design, which could give them a leg up with regard to torque, fuel efficiency, and operating costs.
To see spy photos of Oshkosh’s Ford Transit-based USPS truck proposal, visit Autoblog.com.