Could Lead to Five-Seven Years’ Worth of Business Worth $5 Billion-Plus
The U.S. Post Office, following an RFI process initiated in January, has named 15 companies it will ask to bid for its Next Generation Delivery Vehicle – some 180,000 units at an estimated price of $25,000 to $35,000 apiece, or $5.4 billion in total assuming the median figure.
If it goes forward – and the Post Office says its current fleet of Long-Life Vehicles will be insufficient by 2017 – the NGDV program represents “the largest one-time purchase of vehicles in the history of the world,” says one would-be supplier.
The buy will take from five to seven years to complete, the Post Office says.
Fuel Type Not Specified
Fuel type is not specified, but the NGDV will have to meet Energy Department EPAct and U.S. EPA EISA 141 requirements for petroleum displacement and greenhouse gas emissions.
Manufacturers are to emphasize driver ergonomics for the new trucks “to enable mail carriers to execute tasks more efficiently and safely.”
The right-hand-drive vehicles are to have a payload capability of 1,500 pounds, have bodies with a 20-year service life, and be able to operate in the full range of American climates. “This includes a broad range of duty cycles, with some units leveraging over 600 start-stops per day,” states the RFI.
‘New Capacity Needs and Delivery Operations Requirements’
Maintenance is to be minimized, and reliability maximized. NGDV will have to have a heavy duty automatic transmission, a driver seat with vertical/horizontal/lumber adjustability, and a rear camera and monitor.
The vehicles would also have to meet “new capacity needs and delivery operations requirements.”
Would be suppliers will have to deliver prototype vehicles for at least six months of testing, which will be completed in September 2016.
Deliveries in Earnest Starting in 2018
According to the January RFI, final supplier selection and contract award is expected in January 2017. “The contract will call for delivery of a minimum of 3,000 vehicles by January 2018.”
The 15 pre-qualified sources in line to receive the RFP for the NGDV are AM General, Amp-Workhorse, Emerald Automotive, Fiat Chrysler, Ford, Freightliner Custom Chassis Corp, Karsan, Mahindra North America, Morgan Olson, Nissan North America, OEM Systems, Oshkosh, Utilimaster, VT Hackney and Zap Jonway.
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Source: U.S. Post Office with Fleets & Fuels follow-up