Here's The Secret New Electric US Postal Service Truck
Oct 11, 2017  Jason Torchinsky

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    Workhorse Group is one of the 5 finalists in the contest to build the
postal service’s next delivery truck #Spyshots 
    4:58 PM - Oct 9, 2017 

I’m not sure if you’re aware of this or not, but one of the biggest
competitions in the automobile world is happening right now, under our very
noses: the race to see what vehicle will be delivering our mail. The Grumman
Long Life Vehicle (LLV) that has been delivering America’s mail since the
1980s is nearing the end of its Long Life, and there’s potentially 180,000
U.S. Postal Service trucks needed to take the LLV’s place.

Right now, a number of vehicle-builders are competing for the contract,
including AM General, Oshkosh, Karsan, Mahindra, and the makers of the truck
just spotted in Virginia, the team of Workhorse Group and VT Hackney.

Workhorse has been building electric pickup and delivery trucks and is
providing the chassis and drivetrain of the all-electric mail truck, while
VT Hackney is handling the body.

Here’s what a reader spotted, just delivering Amazon boxes and
overdue bills like it’s no big thing ...

Woah, look at that. That’s an interesting-looking vehicle. While the USPS’
Next Generation Delivery Vehicle Program rules don’t require an all-electric
solution, about half of the entries do feature hybrid or alternative-fuel
technology, though the Workhorse/VTHackney entry appears to be the only
fully battery/electric vehicle.

The Workhorse electric mail truck is based largely on Workhorse’s pickup
truck, the W-15, there do appear to be some key differences, the most
notable of which is the replacement of the W-15's large range-extending
gasoline engine with a smaller unit from BMW. Maybe the same modified
motorcycle engine that acts as a range extender in BMW’s i3?

The all-electric range of the W-15 is 80 miles, and the truck can hold 2,200
lbs. The Post office requires only 1,500 lbs of payload. That’s a lot of

The design of the Postal Truck is interesting; the hood is quite low and
sloping., and the greenhouse is very tall, with a huge, panoramic

The triple-headlight cluster gives the truck’s face a sort of
insectoid-alien look, and the whole thing looks comfortingly like a familiar
mail truck, just somewhat more modern.

I think for most mail carriers, the biggest question will be if these things
have air conditioning. Current LLVs don’t have anything but a dinky little
fan, and the trucks get pretty miserable in the summer heat.

This competition is already turning out to be pretty interesting. Bozi,
everyone’s favorite document-comber, found details on Mahindra’s entry,
which appears to be based on their Genio truck, but with an engine from a
Chevy Colorado pickup, fitted with GM’s mild hybrid setup. I’ve actually
driven a Genio and liked it, so I’m very curious to see how Mahindra’s bid
turns out.

In case you’re wondering why any rational person would care about mail
trucks at all, I’d just like to point something out: for most people, a mail
truck is the only vehicle they encounter on a regular basis that isn’t built
by one of the mainstream automakers.

Grumman LLVs are interesting because they’re not some modified Ford or GM
product or whatever. They’re their own unique thing. So many American cities
are just parades of the same four or five kinds of SUVs and cars that
injecting something somewhat unexpected into the mix via something as
mundane as a mail truck I think helps, in some way.

I love the idea that the Post Office gets to define its own purpose-built
vehicle, and deploy it, en masse, all across the country. When else does
that happen? I also love that nearly all the main competitors competing to
make the Next Generation Delivery Vehicle are relatively unknown in the

I just hope something nice and weird wins.
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Spy shots: The Postal Service's New Electric Mail Truck?
October 9, 2017  Jerry Hirsch

Prototype electric U.S. Postal Service truck delivers mail in Leesburg, Va. 

The first photos of a prototype mail delivery truck indicate that the U.S.
Postal Service may be going electric.

The photos were taken recently by a reader and electric vehicle
enthusiast as a postal service worker delivered mail in Leesburg, Va., about
30 miles northwest of Washington, D.C.
Workhorse electric postal truck side

The truck is a prototype undergoing road tests in the USPS’ Next Generation
Delivery Vehicle Program. It most likely was the offering from a team that
includes truck body manufacturer VT Hackney Inc. and electric truck company
Workhorse Group Inc., which make up one of the five final entries in the
contest to build the postal service’s next delivery truck.

Workhorse confirmed it was their truck in a tweet Monday after the story was
first published.

    Looks like one of our prototypes was spotted on the streets of VA by
@trucksdotcom @Nasdaq #WKHS #electric #USA

    — Workhorse Group (@Workhorse_Group) October 9, 2017

The Hackney/Workhorse team is the only competitor offering a pure battery
electric truck. It will have a small BMW gasoline engine that will act as a
generator to extend the range of the truck. Workhorse will supply the
powertrain and chassis, and VT Hackney will build the body. The truck must
be able to carry 1,500 pounds of mail and have at least 155 cubic feet of
cargo space.

It is expected to have a vehicle architecture similar to the Workhorse W-15
electric pickup truck, sharing many components, Jeffrey Osborne, a Cowen &
Co. automotive analyst, said in a recent report to investors.

The truck delivering mail in Virginia has an attention-grabbing profile that
features a low-slung aerodynamic hood, oversized windows for increased
visibility and an upright stance for the cargo box. Painted with the postal
service eagle logo and red, white and blue livery, the right-hand drive
truck was clearly an electric vehicle and made almost no noise as it drove
through a Virginia neighborhood.

The USPS also is evaluating mail truck prototypes from AM General, Karsan,
Mahindra and Oshkosh. All five entrants delivered their prototypes to the
Postal Service last month. An award is expected in the first half of next
Workhorse electric postal truck driver side

The new vehicle will replace the boxy Grumman Long Life Vehicle that has
delivered letters and packages since it was designed for the USPS in the
1980s. Of the 215,000 mail trucks in rotation, 140,000 are at least two
decades old. The new contract could be for as many as 180,000 trucks.

The USPS has said that half of the prototypes “will feature hybrid and new
technologies, including alternative fuel capabilities.” 

“Our goal is to obtain vehicles that will help us provide reliable and
efficient delivery service for customers and honor our commitment to
reducing the environmental impact of our fleet, while meeting the needs of
our employees to best do their jobs safely,” the office of the USPS
inspector general said in a statement announcing the next generation truck
program ...
(NZ) Electric postal vehicles recalled temporarily
10 October 2017  New Zealand Post's 400 recently commissioned Paxster
electric vehicles have been taken out of service after faults were
identified ...

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