VSE Corporation delivers prototype repowered, fuel-efficient engine to US Postal Service for testing
VSE Corporation and its subsidiary Wheeler Bros. Inc. (WBI) recently delivered their prototype, fuel efficient, repowered gasoline Long Life Vehicle (LLV) for testing by the USPS. (Earlier post.) The vehicle was delivered with VSE’s prototype RFD6 Re-Power Kit which VSE claims may increase the current vehicle’s fuel efficiency by as much as 75% with a proportionate reduction in the vehicle’s carbon footprint.
The RFD6 Re-Power Kit was engineered by VSE to take advantage of the existing maintenance infrastructure and personnel technical levels resident in the US Postal Service Vehicle Maintenance Facilities (VMFs). The engine and transmission are designed as a direct “bolt-in” solution incorporating many of the existing peripheral parts presently being used in the current LLV fleet, requiring no vehicle frame or body modifications to install. As a result, the solution will require minimal training and no new replacement tools to work on the repowered LLV.
VSE says the immediate environmental benefits and fuel savings arising from VSE’s prototype powertrain may greatly enhance the US Postal Service’s ability to meet its fuel savings targets while supporting the US Postal Service Lean Green Team’s sustainability vision through reductions in greenhouse gas. This solution is alternative fuels capable.
Our competitively awarded solution has been developed at VSE with the goal of reducing the U.S. Postal Service fuel costs, maintenance costs, and carbon footprint for vehicles requiring powertrain replacement. If successful, replacing the LLV powertrain will enable the U.S. Postal Service to extend the service life of these vehicles. This service life extension approach provides the U.S. Postal Service with the option to defer expensive vehicle replacement until technology offers a better solution.—VSE CEO Mo Gauthier
VSE Corporation received notification in June 2011 from the US Postal Service (USPS) that it would be awarded a contract to deliver a more fuel-efficient repowered gasoline Long Life Vehicle (LLV) prototype delivery vehicle for the existing fleet. The USPS solicitation asked that contractors propose fuel efficient gasoline or diesel engine to be used in the USPS truck fleet. The VSE-WBI team proposed a fuel-efficient engine designed by WBI especially for the Postal LLV fleet. VSE acquired Wheeler Bros., Inc. on 6 June 2011. VSE’s principal clients are agencies of the Federal Government.