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 City of Columbus, Ohio, has opened its fourth and final compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling station for the city’s fleet.