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USPS Mail Carrier Contract Awarded To Oshkosh Defense

For decades, the Grumman Long Life Vehicle (LLV) has plied America’s roads day in and day out, delivering mail to households all over the country. But those vehicles are well past their expiration date, which is why the U.S. Postal Service embarked on a quest to replace them several years ago. That journey ended very recently, as the agency ultimately picked Oshkosh Defense as the company that will supply a new USPS mail carrier. Previously, parent company Oshkosh Corp fielded a Ford Transit-based carrier during the bidding process, but it is unclear if the new model still retains any components from The Blue Oval.

Oshkosh Defense scored a big victory over its competitors, as the contract awards them an initial cash infusion of $482 million, which will go towards finalizing the design of the new USPS mail carrier. The total monetary value of the contract is a staggering $6 billion over ten years, and the company is planning to build between 50,000 to 165,000 of the new vehicles by that time, with the Postal Service reserving the right to request additional units if need be.

As Ford Authority previously reported, The Blue Oval collaborated with Oshkosh Corp, the parent company of Oshkosh Defense, on a Ford Transit-based USPS mail carrier that, as of December 2020, was one of three contenders to replace the current crop of mail trucks. It is unclear if the company is still planning on utilizing that design, or if it forged ahead with a different architecture and vehicle.

2021 Ford Transit

In an official statement, Oshkosh Defense said that it will build “zero emission battery electric vehicles” and “fuel-efficient low-emission internal combustion vehicles” for the Postal Service.

That disclosure suggests Ford could still be involved with the new USPS mail carrier, as the company previously dove into the plug-in hybrid van segment several years ago in Europe, and plans to launch the 2022 Ford E-Transit later this year. That model will feature an estimated 126 mile range on a single charge and will offer features that the new USPS mail carrier is purported to have upon its debut, like an HVAC system, air bags, and a 360-degree camera.

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Ed owns a 1986 Ford Taurus LX, and he routinely daydreams about buying another one, a fantasy that may someday become a reality.

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  1. crabbymilton

    Why go to all of that fuss when full size, mid size and cargo mini van’s seem to work just fine? There is supposed to be an all electric version of the METRIS’s at some point as will be the FORD TRANSIT for larger volume routes.

    1. Michael Fornetti

      It’s the government
      Remember the $1,000 toilet seat and hammer

    2. Andrew

      I’ve seen a lot fo the Metris’s with usps paint schemes on haulers in my area, but I’m not in favor of buying government vehicles from a foreign supplier, especially with a fleet the size of the USPS. Most rural routes are 45 miles average and city routes even shorter, so the electric transit or rivian van would have enough range, and offer the same safety equipment options. Perhaps the postal service requires something with a lower step in and ride height since they are in and out so much in the city and have to be able to reach the mail boxes on rural routes. Now if Ford made an electric and/or hybrid version of the transit connect that might work better.

  2. GlenU

    Foreign Supplier? Oshkosh Home Office is in Wisconsin.

  3. Andrew

    No I’m good with the Oshkosh, I’m tired of seeing the Mercedes Metris. Seen quite a few pass through my area.

  4. crabbymilton

    I for one would like to see vehicles that are bought and sold here to be built here. But that’s not always possible. Can’t help it if FORD, GM and CHRYSLER the traditional big 3, don’t build a van that fills the gap between a full size and mini van. But this if one of the reasons why the USPS is in trouble. They have to have odd ball vehicles for their routes even thought private delivery companies seem to get by just fine with standard vans that are easy to buy.


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