Fuel Management

U.S. Postal Service Receives Prototype Vehicle for Testing

April 25, 2012

The prototype LLV uses VSE Corporation's RFD6 Re-Power Kit. Photos courtesy VSE Corp.
The prototype LLV uses VSE Corporation's RFD6 Re-Power Kit. Photos courtesy VSE Corp.

WASHINGTON – The U.S Postal Service (USPS) took delivery of a prototype “Long Life Vehicle” (LLV) in order to determine whether this vehicle's powertrain type could be suitable for replacing powertrains in the existing LLVs in the USPS’ fleet. The USPS plans to test this vehicle for several years at this point, according to a USPS spokesperson.

According to VSE Corporation, the company said its prototype LLV features the RFD6 Re-Power Kit, which can increase fuel economy by up to 75%. VSE’s CEO Mo Gauthier said the USPS will be able to extend the service life of its LLVs by using this replacement powertrain technology.

VSE said it engineered the RFD6 to utilize the USPS’ existing maintenance infrastructure. The system is a “bolt-in” solution that incorporates peripheral parts used in the current LLV fleet. VSE stated that the solution doesn’t require modifications to the LLV’s body or frame for installation.

By Greg Basich

The USPS plans to test the prototype and its powertrain for several years.
The USPS plans to test the prototype and its powertrain for several years.

Comments

  1. 1. Peter Simon-Collins Briti [ September 17, 2014 @ 04:34AM ]

    The postal service should look at LPG as a fuel source, which is also an add on to the petrol engine, tried and tested in Europe, for the last twenty years,. And the equipment used is made in South Florida.
    Or go diesel instead. I am now working for the post office, as a RCA, I have changed my delivery vehcile to diesel, and I am recording fuel savings in excess of 50%.

 

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