Ford will supply components for the next-generation USPS mail van.
Jeep might have been declared America's most patriotic brand, just days after it quietly launched a new RHD version of the Wrangler for US Postal Service workers in remote and rural areas, but the American brand hasn't won over the postal service in its entirety. Instead, that honor appears to be going to Ford, who, according to the Detroit Free Press, will be supplying the engines, transmissions, and other parts for the all-new US Postal Service van, which will be available as both combustion and battery-powered variants.
In case you missed it, after quite some time, the USPS is finally retiring its Grumman LLV van and will be replacing it with a new van known as the Oshkosh Next Generation Delivery Vehicle (NGDV). In a contract worth $6 billion, Oshkosh Defense will supply 165,000 new delivery vans to the USPS.
As part of this deal, Detroit Free Press reports that Ford will supply engines, transmissions, and other parts for the next-generation USPS delivery vans. "The US Postal Service and Oshkosh will use Michigan-made engines and transmissions from Ford Component Sales to help deliver the mail," said Mike Levine, Ford North America product communications manager. While Ford will supply components, the new delivery vehicles will be built by Oshkosh Defense in South Carolina. Electric and gasoline-powered versions of the Oshkosh NGDV will be supplied to USPS.
"We're proud that Ford Component Sales, a wholly owned subsidiary of Ford Motor Co., is joining us as a supplier," said Alexandra Hittle, director of global marketing and communications at Oshkosh Defense.
"Ford is providing components across both ICE (internal combustion engine) and BEV (battery-electric vehicle) models including powertrain, drive train, suspension and cabin interior components." An early prototype of the Next Generation Delivery Vehicle built by Oshkosh Defense was based on a Ford Transit, but the final vehicle will be built from the ground up with a bespoke design. The electric version will cost less than $35,000 and offer a range of at least 35 miles.
Unlike the ancient Grumman LLV, it will have modern luxuries such as air conditioning and heating. It isn't known which powertrains Ford will supply, but the electric version could share components with the Ford E-Transit. Production of the Oshkosh Next Generation Delivery Vehicle is expected to begin in summer 2023.