Not that someone here would necessarily know, but I wonder why a hybrid (or better yet, a plug in hybrid) drivetrain wasn't specified instead of the ICE-only version? It's not like we don't have lots of experience with them now and even a limited amount of electric only operation would be helpful.
We see electric vehicles in private fleets, Frito Lay for example. Not too many. For government agencies it seems to be as much a question of functionality as making a statement. Not their money, practicality be damned...at least from the congressional point of view.
Yes, agree with geozinger. Too bad Generous Motors quit building the Volt; the Volt drivetrain and battery would have been perfect (both apparently were made in the US, both in Michigan, I was told when I bought my used Volt a few years back from a Chevy dealer).
It would be interesting to know why Oshkosh Defense got this huge contract to manufacture these vehicles, especially since there are a number of actual civilian truck companies quite capable of producing both ICE and EV versions. This vehicle company manufactures large tactical vehicles for the military. Can you say PORK.
Funny thing, the original USPS LLV was only planned to last for a limited time, like 20 years. Now going on 30+ they still are a good vehicle, but not up to current technical capability. No surprise. The new one looks like an industrial designers joke, or a fugitive from the CARS franchise!
So the Feds consume over 2 full plants production of vehicles. What is wrong with THAT picture?
The USPS is already hemorrhaging cash and their service is extremely poor. I have approximately 3,000 pieces of mail per month for my company - NOT mailers, these are actual live checks, proceeds - and the failure rate is around 4.5% Sure, blow some more cash on vehicles that nobody actually has a true total cost of ownership and dearly overpay while doing it. It is just a matter of time until UPS or FedEx or somebody else big makes the gubment an offer it can't refuse and then the mail will be "fixed". Until then, just keep arranging the deck chairs on the Titanic.
I think the mail van will be a good real world test for the EV We seem to have made some good improvements on range, but the big question that a lot of EV discussions tend to dodge is the charge time that goes along with that extended range - particularly for vehicles that are going to challenge that range on a daily basis The next big question is going to be power service. We have already seen in Texas what happens when unusual weather taxes the electrical infrastructure. It will be an interesting experiment as to what happens when we start moving 1/3 of total energy consumption into the same basket of eggs that power our homes and businesses