USPS seeking suppliers for Next Generation Delivery Vehicle (NGDV)

USPS seeking suppliers for Next Generation Delivery Vehicle (NGDV)USPS seeking suppliers for Next Generation Delivery Vehicle (NGDV)

USPS: Request for Information and Prequalification/Sources Sought – Next Generation Delivery Vehicle (NGDV) Acquisition Program

The United States Postal Service is issuing a Request for Information and Prequalification/Sources Sought for its Next Generation Delivery Vehicle (NGDV) Acquisition Program. The purpose of this RFI is to inform prospective suppliers on the USPS’s preliminary/draft specifications and plans for acquisition of NGDV fleet replacements

The USPS operates a fleet of over 200,000 vehicles in all areas of the United States and its territories. Approximately 163,000 of these vehicles are light-duty carrier route vehicles (CRVs) purchased between 1987 and 2001 . These CRVs are right-hand-drive vehicles with rear drive, powered by ignition-fired internal combustion engines, and of aluminum body-an-frame design.

The payload capacity is approximately 1,400 pounds. Most of the CRV fleet vehicles are near or beyond their design useful life and the USPS intends to retire this fleet in coming years, and to replace them with Next Generation Delivery Vehicles (NGDVs). The NGDVs are expected to share some design similarities with current CRVs — but they will also need to incorporate changes to accommodate new market projections for mail and package delivery volumes. The NGDV design is also likely to benefit from today’s availability of practical technological improvements for drivetrains, bodies and chassis, as well as for safety, security, and loading/delivery operations.

In addition to meeting new capacity needs and delivery operations requirements, a major design objective for the new vehicle is to incorporate improved operator ergonomics and functionality to enable mail carriers to execute tasks more efficiently and safely. The USPS has drafted specifications outlining the NGDV interior and exterior dimensioning, design features and functionality. The specification requirements are attached as an appendix to this document.

High-Level NGDV Vehicle Specifications

A summary of key requirements follows:
• Right-hand steering, 2-wheel drive, 4-wheel drive option
• Heavy-duty automatic transmission; Traction control functionality,
• Fully enclosed weather tight van style body with integral cargo and cab compartment constructed of aluminum alloy or composite materials, with a sliding driver door and a separate cargo area side door,
• Driver side airbag,
• Driver seat with verticall/horizontal/Jlumbar adjustments,
• Minimum 1500 pound payload capacity (driver plus cargo)
• Rear camera with monitor,
• Meet all applicable FMVSS and 50 State emissions requirements,
• EPAct and EISA 141 compliant
• Overall Vehicle Dimensions: (following table)

In order to leverage volume, the Postal Service anticipates making a single award to a supplier for up to 180,000 NGOVs. Deliveries are expected to begin no later than January, 2018. The Postal Service is seeking a vehicle with a designed unit cost between $25,000 to $35,000.Deliveries are expected to occur over a period that could range from 5 to 7 years in duration. The final delivery schedule for production vehicles will depend on several factors, including price/volume considerations, supplier capacity, mail and package demand, and the practical capability of USPS to extend useful life of current fleet vehicles.

The contract will call for delivery of a minimum of 3,000 vehicles by January, 2018.

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10 thoughts on “USPS seeking suppliers for Next Generation Delivery Vehicle (NGDV)

  1. Hope the service improves over this generation ! 4 to 8 overnights common in my mail box daily ! GEEZ Louise , step it up for cryin’ out loud ! !

  2. Definitely needs to have A/C. They sent out letters to the carriers asking what they would like to have in the new trucks. I doubt they read any of them though.

    • No electric or hybrid to save fuel costs?,stupid, someone in the management ivory tower will be getting big kickbacks on this deal.

    • They did. We’re you sleeping. I asked 60 carriers they wrote about safety features to the design. Vipers etc. You were either sleeping or called in sick?

      • I believe that there are many more believers in the craft employee than we as managers will ever know. It’s very unfortunate that the NALC and the APWU have brainwashed so many good people. Would any company, anywhere, run with private dollars, NOT downsize when it lost 25% or more of its’ workload? Hell NO! Why are we expected by the craft employees to continue to operate facilities with no work available for the equipment to process. Is each and every one of us Postal employees, crafty and management thought as if this were their personal family business, we’d be in a better place.

  3. Well, tough luck for me as I retire at the end of 2016, but I’d rather leave than stay just because I can get a new piece of shit to drive. Is it asking too much for even a cheap AM/FM radio while the big bosses in their limos get to listen to MP3’s, CD’s or whatever in air conditioned ego boosting comfort? Interesting how they define the features when no manager of any rank would go outside and have to deal with a real live customer or deal with weather that isn’t 72 degrees and not raining. That’s the problem: in their ivory towers the management has no interest in customers at all. They refuse to accept the fact they are running a service, not a for profit business.
    I hope Bernie Sanders can get some traction to impose a moratorium on closing plants. Only by making laws prohibiting management from doing stupid suicidal shit will they do what has to be done. Already there is no emphasis on customer accuracy, no training on handling forwardable or return mail or in office duties other than throwing the mail up as fast as you can, to hell with where it ends up.
    I pity the public when the last of us nearing retirement leave. You think service is bad now, wait five years.

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