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Ford May Supply Engines For New Oshkosh USPS Delivery Vehicles

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The U.S. Postal Service has spent the last several years trying to decide which manufacturer would supply it with a replacement for its long-running Grumman Long Life Vehicle (LLV), which has delivered the mail (literally) for three decades. As we reported late last year, the Ford Transit was in the running to become the new USPS delivery vehicle of choice, and in fact, it made the final three. Regardless, as we reported earlier today, Oshkosh Defense was awarded the $6 billion dollar contract, and the new Oshkosh USPS delivery vehicles will begin populating our roads in the coming years.

However, all may not be lost for Ford just yet. According to a new report from the Detroit Free Press, Ford may still get a piece of the USPS contract, even though it will not be supplying Transit vans to Oshkosh for conversion into postal delivery vehicles.

“We have teamed up with industry leaders whose proven sub-systems and components speak to the quality of the Oshkosh Defense NGDV (Next Generation Delivery Vehicles) offering,” Tom Quigley, Oshkosh’s vice president and general manager, government programs told the Free Press.  “We will share more information about the supply base in the future.”

DFP specifically asked Quigley if those “sub-systems” are Ford engines, he didn’t outright deny it. “The vehicle will be built from the ground up by Oshkosh to fulfill the unique needs of the postal service,” Quigley said. “We will share more information about the supply base in the future. At this time, we are not at liberty to discuss our supply chain for this program.”

The Free Press reached out to Ford as well, but the automaker declined to comment on the matter. Thus, it isn’t immediately clear if Ford will provide engines for the new Oshkosh USPS delivery vehicles, which will total between 50,000 and 165,000 units over a period of 10 years. Production of the next-generation delivery vehicles is expected to begin in 2023.

We’ll have more on this developing situation as soon as it’s available, so be sure and subscribe to Ford Authority for 24/7 Ford news coverage.

 

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Written by Brett Foote

Brett's lost track of all the Fords he's owned over the years and how much he's spent modifying them, but his current money pits include an S550 Mustang and 13th gen F-150.

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  1. Those old bombs are old 2 wheel drive explorer chassis types. Like the older 1996 to 2001 variety. They went the country mile for sure.

  2. Looks to me that they could just retro a existing van platform….like Transit…instead of having to go the Gumman type…..that way it be cheaper for parts and service…..lots of towns….are moving away with….large buses…and using standard van platforms…most time ridership is only 15 to 20 passengers…..and no need for a big trailways type bus…which has pricey parts…and service…

    • When you’re building at this volume it usually pays to optimize the design for the application instead of repurposing an existing vehicle.

  3. If that windshield is glass, postage stamps are going to go up as soon as they start cracking from body flex and rock chips. I wonder if the final production version will have a split windshield. Also, there are many older bridges, overhanging tree limbs and commercial buildings with underground access to their loading docks and mailrooms- even within USPS’ system, with 12′ or less clearance- this looks to be taller to me.

  4. I don’t understand how they think that Ford has the reliability rep to provide engines for these things, because it surely doesn’t. Last thing I need is even more postal delays because the trucks are in for yet another recall.

    • Well, it’s coming from Oshkosh, which makes military and mining vehicles and those powered single cab cement trucks, so this rig is the most beautiful, and probably the lightest, vehicle ever to roll out of their factory.

  5. The 3.7 v6 would be a good engine due to the fact it’s one RELIABLE engine, I should know! Question is will it fit?

  6. A van this large is unnecessary for mail delivery. They are not Amazon, they don’t need to stand up in it. And the maintenance costs on that windshield will be massive.

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