Next-generation US Postal Service truck starts zipping around town

October 10, 2017

Requirements for the mail truck call for a 1,500-pound payload rating, 155 cubic-feet of cargo space, right-hand-drive, a sliding curbside door or doors, a maximum length of 230 inches and a six-foot four-inch cabin height. Workhorse’s snub-nosed creation appears to check all of those boxes.

The U.S.P.S. bidding process called for test vehicles to be delivered by September, but the Workhorse truck is the first one that’s been seen in the wild.

AM General, Oshkosh and Turkey’s Karsan are also vying for the contract, while Utilimaster pulled out of the competition earlier this year. Meanwhile, documents uncovered by reveal Mahindra has submitted a truck based on one of its pickups that uses the either four-cylinder engine from a Chevrolet Colorado or General Motor’s mild-hybrid eAssist powertrain. The Indian automaker has a technical center Michigan and would build the production version of its vehicle in the United States.

The winning bid will be announced early in 2018, with deliveries (of the trucks!) scheduled to begin at the end of the year.


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Tom Krishart

What is the max height of this vehicle? Are there plans to enforce customers to trim trees or relocate boxes if the vehicle is in danger of being struck by the tree limbs? This would also include the winter snow mound added height when the boxes are not cleared yet and we are expected to deliver the mail?

Kim Juenger

Dude cargo door…that would be awesome!

Mike Riccio

155 cf cargo area, that’s smaller than llv.

Mike Pflugy

“Step bumper” that not allowed to step on per safety rules

Doug Storace

Yeah, they always said that it’s not designed to support your weight. Well, if that’s the case, then what protection is it going to offer me in the event of a crash?~

Alesia Harris

Shelves so all the packages can fall out of order when you stop or turn

Charles Nantz

They put shelves in our llvs and the carriers love them.

Jacki Strader

Boss ordered some for ours… not thrilled. Figure out how to fit BIG parcels etc. around all that. Probably rack my head on shelves a few times,etc. Parcels fly off them , everywhere….????. Not anything smaller than we have already!!!

Michael F Shea

I’ll never see one in my lifetime.

Christopher Paradise

I still have 22 years and I’ll never see one.

Michelle Hoch

Be nice to have them this Fall.

Patti Lindauer Petroski

I love my shelves!

Mychelle Moxley

Will the driver door slide open

April Vinyard

Yeah….looking at the diagram, no. Theres a door where it would need to slide.

Mychelle Moxley

We need a sliding door to stay efficient

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