Navistar to Replace Diesel Powertrain for USPS Fleet
Navistar's re-powered diesel vehicle effort is designed to significantly reduce the escalating service and fuel costs associated with the USPS's aging fleet.
Under terms of the contract, the USPS will deliver one of its Long Life Vehicles (LLV) to Navistar Engine Group's Engineering and Technical Center in Melrose Park, Illinois. The firm's in-house re-power engineering department will develop, install and test a diesel powertrain that features Navistar's MaxxForce3.2-liter turbodiesel engine.
After testing the diesel powertrain, the proven diesel re-power solution will be upgraded in USPS vehicles over the next decade. The diesel powertrain will achieve fuel economy of 35 percent compared to gasoline engines.
USPS will further gain savings from diesel's lower maintenance requirements, longer service life, and overall lower cost of ownership. Navistar estimates the USPS will realize payback on each re-powered vehicle in as little as two years depending on maintenance and fuel costs.
Andrew Dondlinger, vice president of North America operations at Navistar Engine Group, said: â€œWhen the USPS current fleet was first put into service, diesel fuel and advanced diesel powertrain technology were not widely available. Now, by replacing its gasoline powertrains, USPS could realize diesel's benefits of fuel efficiency, long operational life and low service and operating costs.â€
In May 2011, Navistar Defense has received a $183m delivery order for 250 International MaxxPro Dash ambulances with DXM independent suspension from the US Marine Corps Systems Command for Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicles falls under the company's existing indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract and is Navistar's ninth major MRAP variant.
Navistar is a holding company whose subsidiaries and affiliates produce International brand commercial and military trucks, MaxxForce brand diesel engines, IC Bus brand school and commercial buses, Monaco RV brands of recreational vehicles, and Workhorse brand chassis for motor homes and step vans.
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