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Ram gets USPS van contract

by David Zatz on

While Ram may not be replacing the ubiquitous postal LLVs used on many routes for decades, the division will get some postal action.

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The United States Post Office has used Dodge Caravans for various mail duties for some years now, and it’s apparently time for the higher-capacity Ram ProMaster join in. The USPS is buying 9,113 2016 Ram ProMaster commercial vans, in the Class 2 (2500) capacity. The vans will be customized for their work; their segment-exclusive front wheel drive should help in adverse weather, while the low loading floor should make life easier for the postal workers.

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While the Fiat diesel is now available, the USPS chose the same basic powertrain they use on Dodge Caravans: a 280 horsepower gasoline V6 with a six-speed automatic, both made by Chrysler. The choice may have been aided by the USPS’ existing repair expertise and supplies.

The USPS uses around 190,000 vehicles to collect and deliver mail, most of which are “long-life vehicles” (LLVs). The LLV is made to extremely specific terms, and is not part of this contract.

Tim Kuniskis, head of Dodge and FCA North America Fleet Operations, said, “I can’t think of another more mission-critical service than literally delivering the goods of our nation on a daily basis, and we are honored that USPS chose the Ram ProMaster to help them meet their challenging duty.”

The Ram ProMaster is unusual in having front wheel drive and a unibody system under the cab, resulting in unusually good cornering and a low ride height; the van is far cheaper than similar-capability Mercedes Sprinters, and has the most vertical walls in the class for easier add-on mountings.  Allpar found the cabin to be comfortable as well. The vans can be purchased with rear backup cameras and rear parking assistance.

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