When you buy a car, how long do you tend to keep it? A few years? Six or seven? Ten? For the U.S. Postal Service, it’s a long, long time. The backbone of its delivery fleet – more than 200,000 vehicles – is the right-hand-drive Long Life Vehicle (LLV), which has an expected service life of 24 years. But almost 70 percent of the LLVs on urban and rural routes are now between 25 and 32 years old, and maintenance costs are high.

The combined effect of aging vehicles, a growing number of delivery points, and a changing mail mix increases the need for new delivery vehicles to meet the current operational demands of six-days-a-week delivery. That’s why the Postal Service began planning in Fiscal Year (FY) 2015 for acquisition of a new, Next Generation Delivery Vehicle (NGDV) to start replacing the current fleet beginning in FY 2018 through FY 2019. But due to frequent changes to the NGDV acquisition timeline, the planned deployment date is now scheduled for January 2022.

Our auditors looked at the Postal Service’s acquisition strategy, which uses modeling of current and projected operational data. As noted in their recent report, they found that the strategy was generally adequate, but significant implementation delays arose. USPS management told our auditors that the original timelines were not sufficient and more time was needed to develop and test the prototypes. For example, issuing the Request for Proposal to suppliers for the NGDV prototype vehicle took six months longer than initially planned due to extensive stakeholder briefings.

We recommended the Postal Service’s Vice President, Delivery Operations, coordinate with the Acting Vice President, Engineering Systems, to perform a schedule risk assessment of the NGDV production timeline to evaluate the risk of further delays and determine whether modification to the mixed vehicle acquisition strategy is warranted. Management agreed.

Do you remember when the Postal Service last transitioned to a new vehicle in the late 1980s/early 1990s? What did you think then of the Jeep being replaced by the LLV? What do you remember when you saw the first Postal Service LLV?

Comments (357)

  • anon

    Workhorse if the best option logistically and financially, creates and keeps jobs in the US and cuts out a large chunk of fuel costs. Please help American manufacturing and choose Workhorse

    Sep 17, 2020
  • anon

    The choice is clear. For cost savings and environmental benefit, you gotta go with the full ev, workhorse. The new trucks will be comfortable (with AC) and the range on the trucks will be sufficient for the vast majority of mail routes in America. Please make the right decision and save our postal service!

    Sep 16, 2020
  • anon

    TWO WORDS: Electric Vehicles - Announce it already it is clear as day everything points to ----> Workhorse!!!! Please just announce the Winner of the NGDV. Postal carriers are suffering in these 30 year old piles of crap. It is cruel to make them deliver mail in 100+ degree heat with no AC. Or to send them out in trucks that are not insulated and lacking Heat! It is cruel and poor working conditions for our Postal Workers. Wish more people cared about this than the rigging of the election using the USPS as the sacrificial lamb! Postal Lives Matter!

    Sep 15, 2020
  • anon

    What is the reason for the lengthy delay on the announcement?

    Sep 15, 2020
  • anon

    Announce the contract already!!! We all know its daddy Workhorse!

    Sep 15, 2020
  • anon

    Gotta be Workhorse baby, they got the stable full of stallions waiting to deliver us some efficient mail service . Amen and god bless workhorse

    Sep 15, 2020
  • anon

    Use WORKHORSE

    Sep 15, 2020
  • anon

    The only logical choice is Workhorse!

    Sep 15, 2020
  • anon

    As a concerned citizen of the world and advocate for green technology, I am fearful of the effect gasoline and diesel emissions are doing to our planet. Climate change is real. It is not a hoax. We must take a stand and support EV fleets at every opportunity. Do the right thing and go with 100% green EV technology.

    Sep 15, 2020
  • anon

    Workhorse has the only product to not only save the post office money, but also create much needed American jobs.

    Sep 15, 2020
  • anon

    I think that your next trucks should be all electric. With manufactures shifting towards electric it would make sense that the USPS also start to lean more electric. The environment is very important to a lot of us. You should choose workhorse to produce future mail trucks.

    Sep 14, 2020
  • anon

    I love hand written letters, and believe in the freedom and the importance of pamphleteering and sharing information that can’t be corrupted digitally! When delivering our future I think we should stick with the heart and soul of the NGDV and keep it 100% electric and also the current patents only allow workhorse to use drones from a vehicle! If you boost Work horse group it will pay off for you many times over! Your bottom line, your image, and your access to cutting edge tech that by default your business with them will expand that technology and hasten its development of the future! Thank you for letting us have an opinion on the matter and we wish you the best

    Sep 14, 2020
  • anon

    100% EV please, our invironment is at stake !!!!!

    Sep 14, 2020
  • anon

    Has to be workhorse right? Electric is the new way. Huge for the environment and way cheaper on fuel for USPS. No competition here

    Sep 14, 2020
  • anon

    Workhorse deserves this contract! Great product and American made!

    Sep 14, 2020
  • anon

    Upon researching your current bidders for your new fleet, it seems Workhorse's last mile delivery vans would be a great choice. With zero emissions and massive savings in fuel cost as well as the possibility of vehicle launched drones via Workhorse's patented Horsefly technology, I see it as a wise investment toward the future. Without substantial changes, the USPS could very well lose viability to private companies investing in new and innovative technology. Save money. Protect the environment. Choose Workhorse.

    Sep 14, 2020
  • anon

    Workhorse is the way to go! All electric, purpose designed, reduced carbon footprint, job creation for Americans, retaining our place as world leaders and innovators... this is how you restore the public's faith and trust in the USPS. It's literally the most obvious choice.

    Sep 14, 2020
  • anon

    As a United States citizen since birth and for 49 years old I can say that the postal service has been an integral part of my life. Being familiar with vehicles I recommend the Postal Service choose Workhorse as the next delivery vehicle. It only makes sense being that vehicles are kept for two decades and more all electric is the cheapest and most efficient route to choose. It would eliminate the need in the next decade to revamp the fleet to go clean at a later date rather than choosing it now. The Workhorse is an Ultra stylish vehicle with a ton of cargo space, easy access, low maintenance costs and choosing Workhorse would be a perfect choice. Not to mention it is the best looking vehicle of the narrow downd options. From what I understand it would be built in Ohio with US labor so it is the only choice to make.

    Sep 14, 2020
  • anon

    This nation needs to take steps forward into the future, and opportunities like this are scarce. Money needs to be spent very wisely as an investment into the future of our postal workers. Workhorse is that opportunity and will change lives for decades to come.

    Sep 14, 2020
  • anon

    Let’s see some Electric Vehicles!!! There’s enough pollution in the world help us make the earth cleaner for the next generation!

    Sep 14, 2020
  • anon

    Gotta be electric! Set an example for other government agencies! Next will be the cop cars!

    Sep 14, 2020
  • anon

    No more tailpipes please.

    Sep 14, 2020
  • anon

    Workhorse would not just save the post office tons of money in the years to come but would also make the earth a better place for the next generation. What do you want to leave for the for the future when your gone? Make the right decision

    Sep 14, 2020
  • anon

    You need a fully EV, non-hybrid vehicle to reduce costs, emissions, and future-proof the USPS for the next 20-30 years. The federal gov’t will buy and source US-made/created products, including delivery trucks and associated hard/softwares, and make every attempt to be efficient during this process. Workhorse is the ONLY bidder that comes close to competing. Thus, your only choice.

    Sep 14, 2020
  • anon

    I've always loved the aesthetic of the current Grumman vehicles. When I first saw the Workhorse prototype, it immediately appealed to me because of its similarities to the Grumman LLV. It's a more modern looking version of the Grumman but with a futuristic flair. The Workhorse prototype would fit right in with the vehicles of tomorrow. Going beyond looks, the fact that it is an EV and 100% American should make the choice pretty clear. We have an opportunity to not only go greener but to help our country out as well. Given the current climate, this could represent a beacon of hope for both our country and the world. Please do the right thing USPS!

    Sep 14, 2020
  • anon

    Workhorse electric!! Let’s do this!! Safer for workers and saves money! Win win!

    Sep 14, 2020
  • anon

    Workhorse all electric for NGDV! Don't go backwards with internal combustion engines!

    Sep 14, 2020
  • anon

    We want full electric! We went American Made! We want WorkHorse!!!!

    Sep 14, 2020
  • anon

    You guys need to go electric. WorkHorse electric!

    Sep 14, 2020
  • anon

    Plz get workhorse looks so cool and you’ll make a lot of happy Americans!

    Sep 14, 2020
  • anon

    If the next vehicle needs to last 25-32 years then it better not be a combustion engine!!!! EV is the way to go for sure. I wouldn't even hesitate. Go Workhorse!

    Sep 14, 2020
  • anon

    Going electric will save the postal service alot of money on travel and especially maintenance cost. You are looking for vehicles that will cost you less long term. Gas and hybrids are a thing of the past and you will be left behind very far if years from now the vehicles are running on gas 5-10 years from now especially with states like California and New York signing a pact to use more electric vehicles.

    Sep 14, 2020
  • anon

    It does not matter if you're Democrat or Republican the right answer is Electric Vehicle for the USPS. This is almost like it was designed for their use. Tech has come a long way and it is our future. Joe Biden like him or not said today he would require all Federal vehicles to convert or add an all EV fleet to the the United States Government Fleet. Trump wants the same thing. This will save the company Billions of dollars. I have a good feeling the USPS has already granted the contract to Workhorse based on all of the activity going on. Now the announcement that is political. But it should not be, it is something both sides want. It is a win win for everyone involved. Win for Workers in Ohio, win for the Postal Carriers that are suffering in 30 year old fleet vehicles, win for the economy, win for Workhorse, win for the Planet!

    Sep 14, 2020
  • anon

    I would think USPS chooses workhorse. So amazing for the environment, cheaper to operate and much nicer looking.

    Sep 14, 2020
  • anon

    Workhorse is an American company. Perfect fit for USPS.

    Sep 14, 2020
  • anon

    There has to be a mixed fleet. 100% electric would be great for metro areas. But rural areas, especially ones that experience all four seasons are not routes where a full electric will be cost effective. How much are the parts going to cost versus a traditional vehicle? Mail carriers beat the crap out of these things. Both from their own driving habits or styles and from rough routes that are more off of paved roads than on. I'm sure a battery isnt going to be cheap. Nor is a motor. And they will fail or be broken because of the abuse that they will go through. Basically what I'm saying is in certain areas of the country parts fail or get broken at a much higher rate than others. If the cost of parts is significantly higher for one than that of the other, than no savings is going to happen. At least in that part of the country. Hopefully somebody is doing their homework on this. But I have my doubts considering that somebody high up thinks that they can just put any vehicle on any route in the name of saving money. They even put Mercedes metris vans on routes that are both going to destroy them and make mail delivery impossible in certain weather. Just my opinion.

    Sep 14, 2020
  • anon

    The current truck is useless and buying more of the same is not cost effective to US taxpayers.UPS/Fedex/Prime pullup to a house have access from the front cab area to packages and is gone in less than 1 minutes.The postal truck has no cab access,driver has to put mail in box shut off truck,unlock back door,get package.lock rear door and proceed to deliver package.This same action is repeated every address and takes about 5 minutes.Wait until the holidays,its bad enough now with COVID orders.Do not order same vehicle.

    Sep 14, 2020
  • anon

    They do not want to replace LLVs with more LLVs. I think maybe you are talking about the newer Mercedes and Dodge cargo vans that they use now. I agree they are terrible. The next generation delivery vehicle competition is to replace the old LLVs from the 80s/90s with completely redesigned delivery vehicles specifically made for postal delivery. Of these, Workhorse has the best of the final three choices.

    Sep 14, 2020
  • anon

    The choice is clear. Buy an electric fleet to maximize the vehicle efficiency and minimize the mechanical reduncancy. An EV fleet makes sense from a capital expenditure standpoint as well as from an environmental standpoint. Internal combustion is so 1987.

    Sep 12, 2020
  • anon

    The Contract Will Be Going To Workhorse. MAGA

    Sep 12, 2020
  • anon

    If you have a problem figuring out whether you're giving the contract to Workhorse or Ford, then you ain't black! The obvious choice is Workhorse!

    Sep 12, 2020
  • anon

    Didn't believe in EV until I did my DD. Am now convinced I used to be clueless. Choose Workhorse.

    Sep 12, 2020
  • anon

    I've always loved the aesthetic of the current Grumman vehicles. When I first saw the Workhorse prototype, it immediately appealed to me because of its similarities to the Grumman LLV. It's a more modern looking version of the Grumman but with a futuristic flair. The Workhorse prototype would fit right in with the vehicles of tomorrow. Going beyond looks, the fact that it is an EV and 100% American should make the choice pretty clear. We have an opportunity to not only go greener but to help our country out as well. Given the current climate, this could represent a beacon of hope for both our country and the world. Please do the right thing USPS!

    Sep 12, 2020
  • anon

    Go with workhorse baby!!! All electric is the future.

    Sep 12, 2020
  • anon

    As far as I am concerned, if you do not choose an all-electric vehicle with zero emissions, the USPS has failed its promise to the planet. The world needs action, not words. We need renewable energy to be adapted immediately, not 20 years from now. The USPS says they are dedicated to renewable green energy and want to be stewards of the environment. Now lets see some action with an EV fleet.

    Sep 12, 2020
  • anon

    5 of the Grumman LLV caught fire in August 2020 alone. That's 1 per week. It is reckless and unsafe for USPS to delay this contract any longer. New wheels need to start hitting the road ASAP. If the USPS OIG and management agree that January 2022 is the soonest this can happen then the contract needs to be awarded and let the manufacturing begin. The postal carriers are begging you. America is begging you. Unemployed American workers are begging you. Be on the right side of history. USPS had the largest electric delivery fleet in 2002. Let's recapture that title, save the world, save the environment, and save the USPS all at the same time. The LLVs cost approximately $2.4 billion per year in fuel and maintenance. This contract would pay for itself in 3-5 years with the savings. And have the added bonus of not having vehicles catching fire randomly.

    Sep 12, 2020
  • anon

    It is flat out wrong to have these vehicles operating for 30 years. they are pieces of junk at this point. Endangering the Postal carriers, others on the road and the environment. Wait until one of these LLV's catches a forest on fire. We will never hear the end of it.

    Sep 15, 2020
  • anon

    it would be better shared. Morgan Olson & Karsan & Oshkosh & Workhorse

    Sep 12, 2020
  • anon

    Creating a electric and quiet delivery service is amazing. Good job everyone

    Sep 11, 2020
  • anon

    Thank you for everything you do USPS. With that being said the time for change is now - Workhorse American made, American jobs, American lives

    Sep 11, 2020

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