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 TTAC.com 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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