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Ford E-Transit May Join USPS Fleet As ‘Off The Shelf’ EV

The United States Postal Service (USPS) is in the process of replacing its old, outdated fleet of Grumman Long Life Vehicles with next-generation delivery vehicles built by Oshkosh Defense, many – if not all – of which will utilize Ford powertrains in their construction. USPS placed its first order for these new vehicles back in March, and recently upped that order after receiving additional federal funding. In the meantime, a handful of Ford Transit Connect vans are already in service with the Post Office, but it seems as if the mail delivery service is also eyeballing the all-electric Ford E-Transit, too.

Earlier this week, USPS tweeted out the news regarding its decision to order even more all-electric vehicles in the coming years than it previously expected to, but there’s one notable thing about this particular social media post – the photo that accompanies it. There, we can see the new, next-gen Oshkosh mail delivery vehicle, but it’s parked next to a Ford E-Transit that’s decked out in USPS livery. This likely means that the EV van is one of the “off-the-shelf” EVs that the agency is adding to its fleet, and it may very well have already done so, judging by this one’s official-looking exterior treatment.

USPS isn’t the only government entity that has gravitated toward the Ford E-Transit in recent months, as the state of North Carolina recently ordered seven of the vans for use by the NCDOA Mail Service Center to transport 8.7 million letters and packages annually between state government agencies, universities, and community colleges. Fort Knox just added the first E-Transit to its fleet as well, while a host of private companies – such as DHL – have ordered hundreds or even thousands of them.

We’ll have more on the E-Transit soon, so be sure and subscribe to Ford Authority for the latest Ford Transit news and 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

    Well this is what they should have done before investing a ton of money for a white elephant. They’re already using off the shelf vans anyway. It seems to work for private delivery companies.

  2. RWFA

    The Big Oil Trollicity and imbecility reflected in the above comments is something to behold.

    (Except for Crabby, who has something of a point – the limitation being the private courtiers don’t deliver into mailboxes and thus USPS needs a unique solution.)

  3. Crabbymilton

    If it’s right handed steering, it seems to me they have adapter kits for that.

    1. RWFA

      No such thing as an adaptor kit. For high volume applications I mean, sure there’s probably some RFD dude who will have a jerry-rigged solution with a chain and redundant column, brake and gas pedals but that will never be common nor the norm.)

      Ford does build LHD/RHD Transits in Turkey (and done more LHD in China) and that’s where they might come from as Ford wouldn’t be keen on letting a comparatively small batch of RHD fowl up full throttle North American LHD production.

      That said, even though there is no adaptor kit, the RHD version of the vehicle would be easier to develop than ever before given no need to package steering around an ICE engine. (So it could be a toss up.)

      But regardless, it would be unlikely that a Transit would be suited as a curbside delivery vehicle due to box height parameters (more unique changes would be needed for this and with each change, at such relatively low volume, the business case tips more toward a custom solution.)


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