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

    Workhorse all the way!!! Electeic is the way to go!

    Jan 03, 2021
  • anon

    Next generation delivery vehicles should 100% be all electric! This is the future not the flinstones! Workhorse all the way!!!

    Jan 03, 2021
  • anon

    The future is hydrogen fuel cells, a combination of fuel cell and battery have a place in our new vehicles. Check Plug Power and use that technology for a modern, green, clean postal service. Thank you, Kevin P. Detwiler

    Dec 20, 2020
  • anon

    I am a 17 year veteran rural carrier with the postal service. We were, originally, all POV routes until 12 years ago. The city carriers were getting a new fleet of vehicles in our area, and we were forced to accept the LLV’s and routes were changed to postal vehicle routes. In the past 6 months we have had several LLV’s breakdown, sitting in our parking without service. Other stations taking our vehicles to offset their own vehicle shortages. I, personally, was hit by a driver who ran a red light and now we are down another vehicle (mine is totaled). I haven’t had any luck getting my vehicle replaced, and now I wait for other carriers to return from their routes in order to use their LLV. I’m also being told that they may change me to a POV route again. What? The postal service is expecting me to buy a vehicle to deliver mail? They didn’t give me a choice when the changed my route the first time. Their expectations are absurd. We are down 5 vehicles, no relief in sight. We need the proper tools and equipment to do our job effectively. Do we have a timeline on the possibility of new vehicles being available? We need help now.

    Dec 12, 2020
  • anon

    How can I purchase a LLV mail truck? I am in san diego Ca

    Dec 09, 2020
  • anon

    I really like the LLV's. I am trying to see if any are available for sale. Do you know where I can find one?

    Dec 09, 2020
  • anon

    Going electric makes the most sense in urban and suburban areas, where as gas vehicles probably make the most sense in rural areas albeit depending on the range of the EVs. It would be great if our postal service took the initiative to be the first major agency to retire their fleet for an EV option. Workhorse seems to be the right solution in this situation.

    Dec 02, 2020
  • anon

    I would like the usps to publicly announce when the expect to have a decision about the ngdv.

    Dec 02, 2020
  • anon

    Why did the USPS release privileged information to Trucks.com today regarding the delay of this NGDV contract? Shouldn’t this information be released via an official press release? This information is worth millions of dollars to shareholders and investors. Releasing such sensitive information to a single entity and not others gives rise to market manipulation. The optics of this situation are not good.

    Dec 01, 2020
  • anon

    Personally, i think the contract should be split between Ford and Workhorse. Afterall, we probably shouldnt put all our eggs in one basket. Does anyone remember the last round of ev cars that ended up in the junk yards because of engine fires? And what about these long range EMPs I have been hearing about that China has? Or even solar flairs like the one in 1989 that left parts of Canada without power? And then there are snowstorms, hurricanes, etc. that can wipe out an eastern seaboard power grid for a week or more. Surely our great educated leaders have thought of these things? While I am not under the impression that I pay the postal workers or am anymore than a greatful customer, the money for the trucks, a government contract, is most likely funded on part by some taxpayer funds. And I do believe that if we have the capabilities to supply our own country's endeavors we should support our U.S. manufacturers and their employees by awarding the contract to one or more of them.

    Nov 27, 2020
  • anon

    Sorry but no, the post office doesn't get a dime of taxpayer money ever. But they should still buy american. But like most self sustaining business they go with whoever is cheapest in this case Mercedes and Mercedes tend not to spontaneously combust like those other ones did.

    Dec 11, 2020
  • anon

    That is a fairy tale that they tell you. The Post Office just received several billion dollars of tax payer monies last year. The Post Office LOSES billions of dollars each year, and yet, still pays the bills. Any normal company would have gone bankrupt years ago. Where do you think the money comes from to keep them going---from the government---which means the taxpayers.

    Jan 09, 2021
  • anon

    "Most self sustaining businesses" who are outsourcing american jobs forget that its not only american money getting spent on foreign products but also that money helps foreign companies employ foreign workers who then pay taxes to their governments on earnings. With so many americans out of work, on unemployment draining a social security system that is already underfunded, we should spend the money in the US so that some of the expenditure recycles into our economy and own government instead of some one elses. Buy American.

    Jan 05, 2021
  • anon

    It's time for an EV. And for a vehicle built in a modular manner, where the EV components can be readily upgraded as technology improves. It's time for a delivery slot to be incorporated in the vehicle, so people can leave outgoing letters at any parked vehicle. It's time for GPS tracking, so you can monitor if employees are actually in the right area, when delivering parcels.

    Nov 27, 2020
  • anon

    Hello, I already know the answer to this question I’m about to ask but I’d like a few ppl to answer it anyways to prove wrong a clueless person.... Here is the question. What companies are left in the bidding for the USPS 6.3B-8B contract for replacing their mail truck fleet? If I can get 3-5 answers that’d be great thanks!

    Nov 25, 2020
  • anon

    Workhorse. All Electric. Seems like the auto industry as a whole is trending that way for both commercial and personal owners. The hybrid options seem like a half in half out commitment. And lets Keep everything built in America.

    Nov 20, 2020
  • anon

    EVs now!! They are cheaper in the long run, that is a fact. And much more efficient. Don't be a tech hater. Do you really want to be like the people who thought horses were better when Fords came out??

    Nov 20, 2020
  • anon

    I am not happy but certainly not surprised Uncle Sam is even CONSIDERING bids from foreign companies - as a customer / taxpayer paying your salaries I insist only American companies be candidates for the contract There is already far too much of our money going into foreign pockets of which we have no control and I don't want to have to pay India Turkey or any other outsiders for our mail trucks - despite your parroting you are stand alone self sustaining blah blah blah you are still part of the federal government and we the people are your boss

    Nov 19, 2020
  • anon

    Yea a no fed money of anykind taxes or other go to the post office. Your not the boss. Just an unruly customer complaining about a free service that you get even though your a whiney jerk. You only pay into post office if you choose to if you buy a stamp or someother form of shipping or advertising genius.

    Dec 11, 2020
  • anon

    You sir do not pay our salary. When you buy a stamp that pays our salery. You may want to look into it! And you are from a boss you seem like some grumpy man who did not make it in life and probably drive a toyota.

    Nov 24, 2020
  • anon

    Did you know the post office does not pay taxes. Although taxes do not pay the USPS’ payroll, they are exempt from federal taxes. BILLIONS $$$. So, technically, you’re right. But...if A equals B and B equals C. Then, A = C

    Dec 16, 2020
  • anon

    I agree electric vehicles should be the new standard. Not only would efficiency go up, time wasted filling gas tanks multiple times a week and emissions for some vehicles with very smelly exhaust would go down. I'm told the sabotage by congress of 2006? was an attempt to kill funding that would have gone to electric vehicles and would have cut a lot of revenue from the oil companies for gasoline. However to "James Gately": Your arrogance is astounding. As a patron like me who buys stamps and sends packages you may be a CUSTOMER, but as a taxpayer you hold no sway over the post office. You have no connection. You're not their boss. Your insistence is useless. Find a hobby.

    Nov 20, 2020
  • anon

    Rumor has it that contract will be announced before Thanksgiving, and then another rumor mentions after the USPS meeting first week of December? Any hints to when this will be?

    Nov 18, 2020
  • anon

    How can we support the postal service transitioning from gas to all electric vehicles? Is this something that is being explored? Thanks!

    Nov 16, 2020
  • anon

    I started with dj_5 keeps,hated no power steer or brakes.they aged real fast ,miles of play in steering wheel,doors popped open while driving,good points were overhead vents,springloaded windows.llv was a godsend,Ffv even better ! ( although not designed for delivery) comfort level is great,just needs air cond.new truck will make work just needs a.c. m.t.c.

    Nov 12, 2020
  • anon

    All electric, all the time. It's the 21st Century and climate change is our #1 problem.

    Nov 11, 2020
  • anon

    Climate change is our # 1 problem??? Do you live in the U.S? Are you deaf? Blind? From what I see, climate change may be in the top 100.

    Dec 05, 2020
  • anon

    Looking forward to an all-electric USPS truck fleet, which will save substantial lifecycle costs given the high usage of these trucks.

    Nov 08, 2020
  • anon

    USPS finally got an approved budget from Congress so replace all delivery vehicles to have 0 emissions status, what is the delay on decision? Usually getting the budget is the hard part, you have competent US companies like Workhorse and Lordstown whom are capable of manufacturing 400+ vehicles monthly. Any more delays is endangering postal workers from vehicle failures which were 10 years overdue for replacement.

    Nov 08, 2020
  • anon

    Will the LLV be for sale and if so how much??

    Nov 03, 2020
  • anon

    USPS should be utterly embarrassed and ashamed that theyre still allowing this process to drag on after so many years. Our LLVs are 35 years old and catching on fire. They are not safe to drive in, and at best they are unreliable to perform the job. For God's sake, cut the crap and pick the next generation LLV replacement already! Enough is enough. Stop playing politics and do your job! Pick the new vehicle so we can actually start using them.

    Nov 02, 2020
  • anon

    E v trucks are very expensive. Now if government actuaries find that It is cheaper than a gasoline engine that’s hard to believe. Realistically the U S government will cram Technology down our throats . U S postal service should be eliminated , phase it out. Eliminate Money, put everything on a plastic card. No one can hide money from taxes. Buy E V Stocks and get rich LOL

    Nov 02, 2020
  • anon

    USPS...Simply EV's are the future of driving....The world and it's technology is changing fast and I can't envision the USPS buying, driving and maintaining a fleet of gas vehicles for the next 25-30+yrs

    Nov 02, 2020
  • anon

    Sure I remember the Jeeps. I liked the Jeeps. I also remember the Westcoaster scooters that preceeded the Jeeps. And......I remember the life cycle of postal vehicles use to be 7 years. A citizen could get a good deal on the purchase of the vehicles at auction.

    Nov 02, 2020
  • anon

    The internet is saying an important EV related meeting take place next week. Is this true? I love Workhorse!

    Oct 30, 2020
  • anon

    You are on Stocktwits.com and are trying to short the stock. EV is the way of the future, dont be a hater!

    Nov 03, 2020
  • anon

    Workhorse should be the winner of the usps contract! Everything is going electric and with everything electric who else is there besides wkhs to get the US Postal service truck contract? Giant boost to wkhs https://m.benzinga.com/article/16607321 The competition of wkhs produces emmisions. Zero emmisions laws in 15 states https://www.theverge.com/2020/7/14/21324552/electric-trucks-buses-clean-air-zero-emissions-states Workhorse has 2 year lead on competition https://m.benzinga.com/article/16712149 The modified ford appears to be a diesel. The karsan aside from appearance also burns fuel and the looks are concerning. https://m.benzinga.com/article/15896943 Workhorse does not work alone they work closely with lordstown motors actually owning 10% of it https://www.wkbn.com/news/local-news/lordstown-motors-still-hoping-for-usps-contract-as-proposal-deadline-extended/ Usmca replaced nafta and it will impact wkhs who already make electric vehicles https://group.atradius.com/press-releases/us-import-tariffs-affecting-auto-industry.html President Trump and his supporters have made it clear how they feel about workhorse / lordstown motors and things being made in America. They want jobs back in Ohio to replace those lost at the GM plant what would be a better way to get those jobs back ? Cash for clunkers was done under a different president in an attempt to help the auto industry which unfortunately is obviously still a problem. Trump is trying to help get jobs back are we not yet ready to make a step to electric trucks? https://youtu.be/BR0yF6VIChA

    Oct 30, 2020
  • anon

    In my opinion , both Ford and workhorse are the way to go to re do the entire fleet over time. Ford can help with bigger hauls while workhorse can handle last mile delivery vehicles.

    Oct 30, 2020
  • anon

    Rumor mill says "USPS getting ready for large meeting to discuss EV contract details". Is the meeting on Monday?

    Oct 30, 2020
  • anon

    electric vehicles are unreliable. besides, Ford builds 'em to last.

    Oct 29, 2020
  • anon

    How about the 2022 Ford E-Transit then? All electric and made by Ford. Best of both worlds!

    Dec 16, 2020
  • anon

    The best joke I’ve heard in a while

    Oct 30, 2020
  • anon

    Electric vehicles are good.

    Oct 29, 2020
  • anon

    at this point, Ford has the best entry. electric vehicles are unreliable, and electricity costs money, every time you have to recharge one. you still have to pay money for electricity, even if you're the government. Gasoline is still the way to go, this time around.

    Oct 29, 2020
  • anon

    And the thousands of moving parts that need to be maintenanced every couple thousand miles, just adds to the fun!

    Nov 19, 2020
  • anon

    Is gasoline free?

    Nov 13, 2020
  • anon

    Really need an EV with low maintenance cost to increase the efficacy of our delivery!!! Service matters!!!

    Oct 28, 2020
  • anon

    What company is the USPS thinking to get into a contract with?

    Oct 28, 2020
  • anon

    When will we hear who wins the contract is a determination still expected by the end of 2020?

    Oct 27, 2020
  • anon

    Really wish they would give some type of information about the contract. Several USPS employees that I've talked to in the Texas area are considering quitting over the lack of leadership and poor work environment due to no growth in vehicle and employee safety.

    Oct 27, 2020

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