After years of delays, the U.S. Postal Service is launching the final stage of entering an estimated $6 billion contract to replace the agency’s aging fleet of delivery vehicles.
The deadline for four separate company teams to provide contract proposals to build the new truck passed on July 14. The Postal Service told Trucks.com that it will now begin the evaluation of the proposals and start negotiations.
The Postal Service has said the contract could be worth more than $6 billion of business to build as many as 180,000 delivery vans. It also is looking at splitting the giant order between multiple parties. While several foreign companies are bidding for the business, the contract calls for the mail truck to be assembled in the U.S.
“An award(s) is currently planned for the production phase by the end of the calendar year,” the agency said in a statement to Trucks.com.