ALEXANDRIA, Va.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–VSE Corporation (NASDAQ: VSEC) announced today that it has received notification from the US Postal Service (USPS) that it will be awarded a contract to deliver a more fuel efficient repowered gasoline LLV prototype delivery vehicle for the existing fleet. VSE submitted a proposal with Wheeler Bros., Inc. (WBI) of Somerset, PA, to develop and deliver the vehicle for testing.
The USPS solicitation asked that contractors propose fuel efficient gasoline or diesel engine to be used in the USPS truck fleet, which is the largest civilian fleet in the world. A prototype vehicle is to be tested and delivered within six months.
The VSE-WBI team proposed a fuel efficient engine designed by WBI especially for the Postal LLV fleet. Dave Wheeler, CEO of WBI, said, â€œWe have spent years and a lot of money developing this engine and we think it will be a big winner. It is designed to be an affordable drop-in solution for the Postal Service. This engine could double the mileage of the current engine and at todayâ€™s fuel prices, the avoided cost of fuel and environmental benefits will be tremendous.â€
VSE CEO, Maurice Gauthier, commented, â€œThis is a great match for us. VSE has facilities across the U.S. that refurbish Army vehicles and WBI supplies nearly all the parts for the LLV fleet. For this repower contract our maintenance skills combined with WBI vehicle supply chain expertise makes for a winning combination.â€
The entire USPS fleet is nearly 215,000 vehicles, approximately twice the size of the Army Humvee fleet. Much of the fleet is nearing the end of its life expectancy and due to the financial condition of the USPS, procuring a new fleet at this time is not feasible. The VSE WBI proposal is designed to extend the service life of the fleet much like the Army has been doing with the Humvee fleet.
VSE acquired Wheeler Bros., Inc. on June 6, 2011. Wheeler Bros., Inc. will operate as a wholly owned subsidiary of VSE.