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?

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  • 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
  • anon

    America currently has its eyes on USPS especially with the upcoming election. Workhorse vehicles are an excellent eco-friendly option. They are 100% electric. This is an outstanding opportunity to switch to all electric vehicles which will greatly revolutionize how deliveries are done in respect to the environmental impacts of today’s world, for example the CA fires. If the USPS switches to all electric vehicles, other companies may follow your lead and create a snowball effect of change.

    Sep 11, 2020
  • anon

    As a rural carrier I looked at all the vehicles submitted carefully. I most admire the one submitted by Workhorse Group and listened to their CEO, Hughes, talk a few times. They invested over 2 years into making their truck and Hughes genuinely comes off as caring about being a leader in last mile delivery and caring about the comfort of the drivers with the extensive testing they done. That is my choice.

    Sep 11, 2020
  • anon

    The absolute right fit to bring USPS in line with the green values that it has is Workhorse. This is no small decision, and as iconic the USPS is to America, so should be the decision to make EV the standard for your fleet. No hybrids and relying on polluting archaic standards when you expect this fleet to last for 20-25 years!

    Sep 11, 2020
  • anon

    Its time to show the population that American bought products are better. And since the future is always now, EV's should be replacing gas models now. Workhorse already has a product we know we can rely on.

    Sep 11, 2020
  • anon

    Workhouse Electric all the way. Good for the environment and cost savings to boot.

    Sep 11, 2020
  • anon

    In my opinion, Workhorse should be awarded the Next Generation contract due to it being the only all electric, zero emission optiion. Plus, it is made in the USA. This would create American jobs for a struggling American workforce.

    Sep 11, 2020
  • anon

    Jobs for the US, buy Workhorse delivery trucks. Whats good for the US is good for all of us. TY Glen Scheele

    Sep 11, 2020
  • anon

    NEEDS TO BE ALL ELECTRIC FLEET! AMERICAN MADE! AKA WORKHORSE!

    Sep 11, 2020
  • anon

    Wkhs for a greener merica

    Sep 11, 2020
  • anon

    Green vehicles and ask Ford and Workforce to do that. Latter is a good and developing company and need a booster. Ford needs fresh blood, do it

    Sep 11, 2020
  • anon

    Should definitely go 100% electric for the savings in the future, lower maintenance costs, etc. Choose Workhorse.

    Sep 11, 2020
  • anon

    I think the choice is very clear, workhorse group has the best option for the environment and for logistical improvements on top of environmentally friendly. They are also well equipped for the future with their drone and refrigeration technology.

    Sep 11, 2020
  • anon

    Workhouse Electric vehicles all the way. American made.

    Sep 11, 2020
  • anon

    Just read the Blog article and comments and had never heard of Workhorse but everyone kept promoting this solution. I went to check out workhorse at their website and WOW. I did not even know they made trucks this big running on Electric! They also make delivery drones like Amazon and Walmart are about to use to deliver groceries. This is what the post office needs to do to be competitive. Go Green America! We only ship with USPS at my husbands store. We love America and the USPS is America. +1 for Electric Vehicles for the USPS

    Sep 10, 2020
  • anon

    I am a city carrier for the USPS. We need a truck that is quiet and efficient. I have done my homework on the remaining entries. Please do right by the carriers and this country, go all electric! Go Workhorse.

    Sep 10, 2020
  • anon

    We’re excited to see you guys paving the way for the future with the NGVD. I believe this is a wise decision and investment. I’m not sure who you’re going with to build these vehicles but I know it is going to help our economy by putting more of our workers here in the United States into jobs If you chose to use an American company, especially during this Covid season. I believe the EV vehicles are our future, helping to sustain our ecosystem and being more efficient, costly and physically. From what I’ve investigated I believe Workhorse Inc. is Fueled with your same vision, helping to change our world into a more efficient and better place. I hope you go all EV. I think it would make a great commercial you guys started delivering mail on horses and now you will be using the horses of the future (Workhorse). I’m excited for our country!

    Sep 10, 2020
  • anon

    If the United States wants to lead the world, you must pick an EV replacement for your fleet. Workhorse has zero emission vehicles, therefore they are the only choice for you. The people of the world will be watching you. People are suffering. People are dying. Entire ecosystems are collapsing. We are in the beginning of a mass extinction. For more than 30 years, the science has been crystal clear. But the world continues to look away. The popular idea of cutting our emissions in half in 10 years only gives us a 50% chance of staying below 1.5 degrees Celsius, and the risk of setting off irreversible chain reactions beyond human control. Do not take this decision lightly. Choose zero emissions. The world is watching you!

    Sep 10, 2020
  • anon

    Award Workhorse!! Made in America. Plus, the contract will allow workhorse to add jobs which our economy desperately needs.

    Sep 10, 2020
  • anon

    Morgan Olson & Karsan great choice for new generation vehicle.

    Sep 10, 2020
  • anon

    You think an iconic American product like USPS trucks should go to a Turkish bidder?? Wow. Would be a blight on USPS legacy to not award all of the contract to US manufacturers.

    Sep 11, 2020
  • anon

    I'm trying to see how to get a contract hauling us mail with my own company van and truck

    Sep 10, 2020
  • anon

    The USPS has an incredible opportunity in front of them to set the bar for environmentally low impact vehicle usage. The EV vehicle is IDEAL for this type of driving and it would irresponsible to look at anything else but this type of vehicle. ICE vehicles need constant upkeep and environmental impact is immeasurable! Keep the jobs in the US and make it better place at the same time!!

    Sep 10, 2020
  • anon

    If you do not go with an all-electric fleet, you are doing a major disservice to this country and to the environment we live in. The time for change is now. Lead by example and go with a green fleet! Show us that you are serious about combating climate change!

    Sep 10, 2020
  • anon

    I hope that theUSPS commitee will award Workhorse the majority of the 6.1 billion contract. All the research I have done on this company gives its management team an A plus rating, their products are very well engineered and they have done all the required strategic moves including the most recent Hitachi alliance to have earned this contract. Lets announce the award to Workhorse and get the trucks on the road at the earliest possibly date. The savings will be huge for the USPS and the American tax payer. Time to move gentlemen.

    Sep 10, 2020
  • anon

    I would like to see mail carrier vehicles be air conditioned for areas with 100 degree weather.

    Sep 10, 2020
  • anon

    What I beleive, Morgan Olson is the best partner for usps, secure partner is important in that long way run!

    Sep 10, 2020
  • anon

    Workhorse!

    Sep 09, 2020
  • anon

    UPS has already been using workhorse trucks for a number of years now. They are also investing in drone delivery which will allow packages to be delivered faster and more efficiently. To award the contract to any of the other trucks knowing maintenance/cost of running will be higher than the full EV truck will show you that someone in the USPS has been bought. EV is the future. USPS will be using these trucks into 2045-2050. Hybrids will be phased out and all cars will be full EV.

    Sep 09, 2020
  • anon

    If it's Next Generation then Electric is the only way to go, less moving parts, less maintenance and no fossil fules. WIn WIn Win

    Sep 09, 2020
  • anon

    If the USPS is planning to buy a vehicle for the long term 20+ years I think that going all electric only makes sense. The transition to electric vehicles has begun, buying an ICE vehicle is a step backyard. I think the Workhorse 100% electric and 100% American sounds like a great choice. I think this will allow the USPS to be competitive and current with its mail delivery.

    Sep 09, 2020
  • anon

    It is the duty of the USPS to transform and pave the way for the rest of the country regarding EV's. Award Workhorse Group the contract for the NGDV's. They are much more efficient, as mail carriers are constantly stopping and going. The amount of air pollution that would be saved also would be insane. Don't mess this one up.

    Sep 09, 2020
  • anon

    It’s exciting to see the USPS is seriously considering the switch to electric delivery vehicles ! For too long our government and industry has ignored common sense measures to save money, while helping our environment. I can’t wait for my children to see that the USA cares as much as they do about helping preserve our planet So they can have a cleaner, greener, healthier future on this planet!

    Sep 09, 2020
  • anon

    Show America how to turn red to green. Be profitable, lower your costs, make the best choices you can to save the earth, save the postal service, and deliver the best package you can ever deliver by getting profitable. Old is new again, you started delivery with a horse, this time it's an electric horse, go Workhorse.

    Sep 09, 2020
  • anon

    The postman drives safer personal vehicles than the truck. We want our packages to arrive safe just as their loved ones want them to come home safe. This is long overdue. Go Green

    Sep 09, 2020
  • anon

    I really hope you are looking to the future and investing in EV. Workhorse is the clear answer here.

    Sep 09, 2020
  • anon

    Thankyou for giving us, the public, a platform. We're on the edge of something amazing. Workhorse had you in sight from the beginning to make something specific for delivery needs. The opportunity to minimize maintenance, lower your overhead costs, plan routing more efficiently, and become a front runner with drone technology is exciting. I'm old enough to remember American pride in work well done. Show our country being profitable is doable and it will be the best package you will ever deliver back to our country, do it the way you started, with a horse, a Workhorse.

    Sep 09, 2020
  • anon

    you must go electric. The savings alone would be substantial and you would be doing your part in providing a better environment for all our futures. We need to get away from combustion vehicles and stop polluting our family's and loved ones. We all know electric is our future and better for the environment. Please focus on what is best for our environment and the American people.

    Sep 09, 2020
  • anon

    Would love to see the USPS go green. EV’s are the future. The cost savings will be huge and the environmental impact will make the right statement. It’s time to get onboard.

    Sep 09, 2020
  • anon

    With the various types of driving that the USPS does, you will need it not only for good performance but reliability and to be cost effective. I have watched electric vehicles over the years and not only do they meet that criteria but they are good for the environment as well. My next vehicle will be electric and I believe that would be a great decision if the USPS moved to an electric vehicle as well.

    Sep 09, 2020
  • anon

    I am in favor of the Workhorse EV for the NGDV. Going full EV would not only save huge amounts in fuel costs, it would obviously be an enormous step toward environmental preservation. The future is EV and USPS is a vital business in America that needs to be positioned for the long haul. Thank you for the opportunity to let the public weigh in on the subject.

    Sep 09, 2020
  • anon

    Fully Electric is the only way to go. The simplest machines are always best. Something with 4 hub wheel motors in a short range vehicle makes the most sense. American only and nothing else. Invest in the future. Invest in America

    Sep 09, 2020
  • anon

    Getting any vehicle other than an all electric vehicle would be silly. Workhorse is the only option for the USPS. Most states will be making electric delivery vehicles mandatory and it would be a waste of money if you chose anything other than all electric. Go clean. Go electric. Go workhorse.

    Sep 09, 2020
  • anon

    I am excited that the USPS could be on the cutting edge of technology by choosing Workhorse, as the only BEV to be the NGPV. Thank you, and RIDE with Workhorse.

    Sep 09, 2020

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