On January 20 the United States Postal Service put out a request for bid to replace by 2018 its aging fleet of Long Life Vehicles with at least the possibility of an alternative-energy drivetrain in consideration. The present vehicles custom-designed by Grumman Corp., intended to last 24 years, are at the end of this cycle. The government has specifically requested alternative energy be explored but all this is still up in the air. Now that diesel has been given a clean bill of health of sorts and is used for many other fleets, would it be the fuel-efficient propulsion source of choice? Between electrified versus diesel technologies, analyst Alan Baum observes diesel would make more sense for rural routes, and hybrid would make more sense on suburban and urban routes.
Also quite possible would be a cheaper alternative like a four-cylinder gasoline engine incorporating fuel and emission-saving technologies including variable valve timing, cylinder deactivation, perhaps stop-start, and more. More certain is the new vehicles are requested with right-hand drive, and to be larger to handle bigger parcels such as those delivered to online shoppers. In contention, according to a report by Automotive News could be modified existing vehicles like the Ford Transit or by Fiat Chrysler which sells the re-badged Dodge Sprinter line. The Sprinter is a Mercedes-engineered vehicle but it’s being said the three-pointed star on the front of an essentially the same Mercedes-badged ProMaster would probably bring down criticism of government waste. As it is, the postal service has been overdue, and the issue of deteriorating underperforming trucks needs to be dealt with.
A report by the postal service’s inspector general says in 2013 the trucks needed $3,188 in upkeep, and 9 percent needed more than $6,000 to keep them in service.


Problems have included leaky windshields, small crevices into which loose mail falls and gets lost, a sliding door that needs frequent repairs, and even the aluminum body has been rusting in salt-belt states.
On the positive side, the configuration lets drivers step right out of the vehicle onto the curb. Ford has not directly said it will go for it, but implications are it will as will others interested in what may be the largest fleet purchase in U.S. This week in Washington, the USPS will be meeting potential bidders and by summer it aims to select the builder of its new fleet. In 2016 pre-production vehicles would be tested prior to actually awarding the contract in 2017 for vehicles intended to be on the road by 2018. The United States Postal System has a five point five billion dollar payment due this month and they are not going to be able to pay it which could result in no mail deliveries this entire winter.
This past July the United States Postal Service revealed a plan to close more than ten percent of their post offices in the United States. The payment that is due at the end of September is meant to be used to finance future health care for retirees.
Unusual Call Option Buys: Deutsche Bank (DB), Credit Suisse Group AG (CS), Michaels Companies (MIK), TrueCar Inc. Those birthday cards, bills and other first-class stamped mail often are taking a little longer to get to their destination. An independent organization that tests service performance for the Post Office found about 63 percent of first-class mail that would typically take three to five days — a letter sent from Washington to Boston, for example — arrived on time.


Comments are posted from website users like you, and do not always reflect the views of this station. Or could a hybrid or even plug-in hybrid be adopted to let the postal service curtail its annual usage of much as 154 million gallons of gasoline per year? A new truck would not be quite as simple as going to the suppliers of vehicles for FedEx, UPS, or DHL because those are not right-hand drive. It’s larger than the Jeep DJ that was used from the 1950s to 80s, and now they want a larger vehicle. Nissan has said it is not interested in the bid although its NV200 built in Mexico could be adopted to fill the bill. ET: The United States Postal Service announced on Wednesday that they will stop Saturday mail deliveries. Email and other forms of electronic communication have made a big dent in the Postal Service's bottom line. Postal Service show a decline in on-time delivery for first-class stamped mail for the first three months of this year, compared to the same period last year. The Postal Service says horrible winter weather that grounded flights and disrupted service in many parts of the country was part of the problem.



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