190,000 TRUCKS TO BE BUILT * USA: For the US Postal Service
* DC - Six manufacturers vie for $6.3 Billion USPS contract
--- The U.S. Postal Service has narrowed the list of contenders to replace its aging delivery truck fleet from a field of 15 vehicle manufacturers down to just six. Those companies now have about a year to develop a prototype truck for the mail delivery service to test, after which the USPS will put them through their paces for six months. It will then award one of them a $6.3 billion contract... The finalists which beat out such heavyweight vehicle manufacturers as Ford, Fiat Chrysler, and Nissan are: AM General, Karsan, Mahindra, Oshkosh, Spartan Motors' Utilimaster division, and VT Hackney... The USPS's current delivery truck is the Northrop Grumman Long Life Vehicle, or LLV, which came into service in 1987. They were originally intended to have a lifespan of 24 years, but that was extended to 30 years in 2009. Now, the mail carriers need a new truck, one that can meet the demands being put on the service today... The winner of the contract will end up producing some 190,000 vehicles that will have to remain operational for at least 20 years. The USPS said it will soon also issue an RFP for the supply of commercial off-the-shelf, right-hand drive delivery vehicles...
(Photo: The U.S. Postal Service on works) -- Washington, DEC, USA - Investopedia - September 27, 2016
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