The U.S. Postal Service Getting 9,000 Ram ProMaster Vans
The United States Postal Service is adding a new van to its fleet – the Ram ProMaster 2500 Cargo. Yep, now your daily delivery of junk mail, bills, and car magazines may have traveled in the cavernous interior of Ram’s largest van.
Ram will be supplying 9,113 new ProMasters to the USPS, adding to the government agency’s fleet of roughly 190,000 vehicles – one of the nation’s largest fleet. The ProMaster vans will be used for mail delivery in various parts of the country, with each being fitted with specialized shelving inside for packages.
“While each and every one of our fleet customers is important to us, none command our attention like USPS,” said Tim Kuniskis, Vice President of Fiat Chrysler’s North American Fleet Operations. “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.”
Beyond the interior upfits, the ProMaster vans will be regular production units. The USPS has selected the 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 as its engine of choice. The venerable mill produces 280 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed automatic transmission will back up the Pentastar, providing smooth shifts and excellent cargo-hauling capabilities.
The ProMaster will replace some of the USPS’ oldest models. The agency is still using roughly 142,000 purpose-built local delivery vehicles called Long-Life Vehicles, or LLVs.
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Why It Matters
Securing such a large contract is great news for FCA. At roughly $30,000 a pop, the government will be spending some $275 million on the ProMaster fleet – barring FCA didn’t cut the USPS a deal. Still, the contract will help boost FCA’s bottom-line profits while making the ProMaster sales jump.
Not only is it great for ProMaster sales, it’s also good for the van’s exposure. Business leaders the country over will see first hand the ProMaster delivering mail and might decide its capabilities are a good fit for their business.
What’s more, the U.S. government is likely saving money on this deal. Securing a private contract for the development and production of specialized vehicles, such as the LLVs, is a costly endeavor.