Roughly two years ago, the United States Postal Service (USPS) announced that it would be replacing its aging fleet of Grumman Long Life Vehicles (LLV) with next-generation models built by Oshkosh Defense, which will utilize some components from Ford – including a 2.0L I-4 engine of some sort, though the agency also plans to transition to an all-electric lineup eventually. However, shortly after USPS announced that it will also purchase a substantial 9,250 Ford E-Transit vans from the automaker, deliveries of the next-gen carrier were pushed back to June 2024. Now, some details surrounding those USPS bound Ford E-Transit delivery vans have been revealed.
USPS held a press conference in Atlanta today at the newly outfitted South Atlanta Sorting and Delivery Center (S&DC) to provide these details, as well as show off its new vans and the charging infrastructure that will support it. The Ford E-Transit models are what the post office calls commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) delivery vehicles, which will be deployed first in Georgia, followed by other locations around the U.S. through the rest of 2024.
As USPS pointed out, its new Ford E-Transit vans have nearly three times the cargo capacity of the Grumman LLV delivery vehicles that the it currently uses. To support this expansion, the post office plans to convert roughly 400 selected sites into S&DCs nationwide, each of which will serve as a local hub to deploy EVs along local carrier routes. As of January 2024, the Postal Service has opened 29 S&DCs across the U.S.
“Congratulations to the United States Postal Service on electrifying its South Atlanta Sorting and Delivery Center, signaling a big step forward in their plan to deliver a more sustainable future with electric vehicles and charging. Our dedicated Ford Pro and E-Transit team are proud to play a role in helping to electrify the largest federal fleet in the country,” said Jim Farley, Ford president and CEO.