In what it calls a “stop gap solution” to the problem of an aging fleet of Long Life Vehicles (LLVs), the US Postal Service has issued a request for information (RFI) seeking suppliers who could provide an existing, commercially available Right Hand Drive vehicle:
The United States Postal Service is issuing a Request for Information (RFI) to evaluate the possibility of purchasing a new commercially available Right Hand Drive vehicle to supplement its existing fleet of light delivery vehicles. This would be a stop gap solution to meet Right Hand Drive vehicle requirements until the development of a purpose built Right Hand Drive vehicle can be accomplished. The Postal Service anticipates the need for up to 10,000 Right Hand Drive delivery vehicles to replace high maintenance cost Long Life Vehicles (LLVs) over the next two years.
The USPS lists the following requirements for such a vehicle:
- The primary requirement is that the right hand drive vehicle shall be capable of delivering mail and packages in a curb line delivery route.
- The proposed vehicle must include the plan to meet the current year Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS), all Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and California Air Resources Board (GARB) emissions standards- where applicable.
- The vehicle must have a cargo capacity between 130 and 400 cubic feet capacity behind a drivers bulkhead.
- The right hand drive vehicle shall have a maximum roof height of 120 inches.
- There shall be a fully detailed service manual provided in electronic format for the vehicle including any converted components, if applicable.
- All parts for the vehicle shall be sourced domestically and available to be placed into the USPS supply chain for a minimum of 10 years.
- The vehicle shall be warrantied in a similar manner as the OEM vehicle if it is a conversion.
- The vehicle shall incorporate a vehicle back up warning system with a backup camera and monitor.
- The right hand drive vehicle shall incorporate CAN bus technology and be capable of communicating with OBD1I devices.