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Ford 2.0L I-4 Will Power Most Oshkosh Defense USPS Mail Carriers

As Ford Authority reported last June, the forthcoming next-generation USPS mail carrier built by Oshkosh Defense will utilize a number of Ford-sourced components, including engines, transmissions, suspension parts, and more. However, the Oshkosh Defense Next Generation Delivery Vehicle (NGDV), as it’s otherwise known, has faced considerable scrutiny from lawmakers and the EPA in recent months for the fact that 90 percent of these new mail carriers will be powered by internal-combustion engines, with just 10 percent slated to receive all-electric power by 2023. Now, a recently released environmental impact statement from the EPA has revealed that this means the vast majority of NGDVs will be powered by a Ford 2.0L I-4 of some sort.

It’s currently unclear which Ford 2.0L I-4 will be used in the NGDV. It could be the naturally-aspirated version used in the Ford Transit Connect and Ford EcoSport, which makes 162 and 166 horsepower in those applications, respectively. Alternatively, the NGDV could use Ford’s 2.0L EcoBoost I-4, which boasts an output of 250 horsepower. No information regarding transmissions is currently available, but the EcoBoost pairs the 2.0 with a six-speed automatic, the Transit Connect has an eight-speed gearbox, and the EcoBoost powerplant is mated to an eight-speed transmission in the Ford Maverick, Ford Bronco Sport, Ford Escape, and Ford Edge.

Current, whichever Ford 2.0 is slated for use in the NGDV is estimated to return just 14 miles-per-gallon, but this is a usage rating from a real-world application – not the typical lab rating provided by the EPA. Of course, this is all subject to change, as none of these decisions have been finalized yet. However, if it stands, the vast majority of NGDVs will be Ford-powered.

The NGDV is slated to replace the long-running Grumman Long Life Vehicle (LLV), though the Post Office’s plan to secure just 5,000 EVs – around 10 percent of its future fleet – has drawn quite a bit of criticism following President Joe Biden’s executive order directing the federal government to electrify its entire fleet. Regardless, USPS plans to move forward with this transition, as Ford Authority reported yesterday, and will expand its EV fleet as its financial position improves.

We’ll have more on the next-gen postal delivery vehicle soon, so be sure and subscribe to Ford Authority for non-stop Ford news coverage.

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. crabbymilton

    Should be interesting. But I guess they have to show that the postage rates are being put to good use by spending ton of money on this weird thing.

  2. Uncle AL

    Why not just use the HYBBRID SYSTEM Ford uses in the Escape and other applications…should be at least double the mileage, and it’ll keep the Feds off their butts.

  3. Mailmanscott

    Gas,hybrid or EV, this “wierd thing” will have better than the 88hp of the LLV and won’t burst into flames.
    While EV would be great, many post offices have outside parking that is unassigned so dedicated parking spaces at a charging station are unrealistic since carriers return and leave at different times. These larger vehicles will add to that logistical rodeo where space is at a premium.

  4. Jeff Adamson

    And no where…in any article I can find on the net…and not even in the literature managements has given us at work…does it say what drive system these vehicles will have.
    The LLVs have rwd…which is really 1 and are horrible in 2 inches of snow.
    We need 4wd…at the very least fwd…but no one is saying what these new vehicles have.
    So…that leads me to believe that they are…once again…rwd and useless in 2 inches of snow.
    Jeff Adamson….letter carrier…35 years


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