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USPS Adds Another 3,000 Ram ProMaster Vans

September 08, 2016, by Paul Clinton - Also by this author

Photo courtesy of USPS.
Photo courtesy of USPS.

FCA has started delivering another 3,339 Ram ProMaster cargo vans to the U.S. Postal Service in a second order that follows a 9,113-vehicle order last year.

USPS awarded the contract to FCA on March 24, and the vehicles will be delivered by the end of November, said Ralph Kisiel, an FCA spokesman. In all, FCA will deliver 12,472 vans, mostly from the 2016 model year and some from the 2017 model year.

The postal service has been adding ProMaster vans set up with a Ranger Design rack system to replacing aging vehicles as it continues its development of a next-generation delivery vehicle to replace its Long Life Vehicles.

USPS is purchasing ProMaster 2500 vans powered by a gasoline 3.6L Pentastar V-6 engine that produces 280 hp and 260 lb.-ft. of torque. The front-wheel drive van is available in more than 14 configurations.

USPS now operates a fleet of about 215,000 vehicles, of which 163,000 are LLVs.

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  1. 1. TheWalkingEd [ September 12, 2016 @ 11:14AM ]

    I was one of the first to get one in 21093. It was far superior to to U-haul van they had given me when then shipped my FFV off to another station.

    Pros:

    -A/C
    -Radio
    -USB
    -Cupholders
    -Back-up camera
    -Parcel racks (although at 200lb per tray capacity I'm going to have to drop some weight if I'm ever going to be able to successfully utilize them for napping)
    -Ease of access to cargo area from within the vehicle

    Cons:

    -Back up monitor too easy to knock off the window. On my third one already
    -Height of driver seat is not adjustable
    -Left hand drive only
    -Interior cargo light doesn't stay lit long enough. Constantly flapping my arm to reengage it
    -Needs side-view camera. Blind spot on right side can be a challenge
    -The added step off the sliding side-door is worthless. Needs to be adjustable. Just waiting to turn my ankle trying to use the current one.
    -Passenger jump-seat needs to be replaced by a tray for letters/flats like the LLVs/FFVs have.

    All-in-all, I like it. It suits my route (all walking) and it's been a godsend here during the heat and humidity of our MD summer.

 

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