Karsan Selected to Deliver Prototypes Under USPS’s Next Generation Delivery Vehicle Testing Process
03 November 2016
NEW YORK (September 26, 2016) – As one of the 15 suppliers prequalified to submit proposals to develop prototypes for the United States Postal Service's (USPS) "Next Generation Delivery Vehicle Testing Process", Karsan has been awarded a contract to develop prototypes for testing for the USPS’s future fleet replacement needs. Karsan, celebrating its 50th anniversary this year and with a long-standing reputation for innovation and quality transportation solutions, will produce and deliver its new prototype for USPS testing and evaluation in approximately one year.
Karsan, based in Turkey and one of Europe’s leading manufacturers of of commercial vehicles and state-of-the-art public transportation solutions, has been awarded a contract as one of six (6) firms to deliver Next Generation Delivery Vehicle (NGDV) prototype vehicles for testing by the United States Postal Service (USPS). The USPS will test and evaluate the vehicles as part of their fleet replacement planning..
Following a review of responses to a Request for Information (RFI) by the USPS, 15 suppliers were prequalified to submit proposals to develop NGDV (next generation delivery vehicles) prototypes to the USPS. A Request for Proposal (RFP) was issued in October, 2015 which included a statement of objectives in response to feedback received from the supplier community and other stakeholders. As part of the process, all suppliers, including Karsan, were asked to submit proposals that represented their design conclusions concerning the delivery vehicles that would best meet USPS’s organizational needs.
After a rigorous evaluation process, the Postal Service awarded contracts to six suppliers, who together will produce 50 prototype vehicles as part of the next phase of the NGDV evaluation process
In addition to Karsan, AM General, Mahindra, Oshkosh, Utilimaster, and VT Hackney were also awarded contracts. The contract awards are valued at $37.4 million, with the suppliers offered the flexibility to team or subcontract with additional suppliers. Karsan will develop its prototypes in cooperation with a globally acclaimed German automaker.).
The suppliers will be expected to developer and deliver the prototypes within one year. . The Postal Service then to test the prototype vehicles during a period of approximately six months, gauging different climates, topography, population centers and delivery environments. The tests will help determine the operational capabilities of the prototypes, including the need to deliver to mailboxes across the United States.
Karsan, at a glance
Founded in 1966, Karsan Otomotiv Sanayii ve Ticaret A.Ş. operated under the Koç Group between 1979-1998 and following Inan Kıraç’s purchase of the majority shares in 1998, the Company started to carry out its operations within the body of Kıraç Holding. Since 1981, Karsan has been a commercial vehicle manufacturer with 100% local capital. In line with its “Limitless Transportation Solution” vision set in 2009, Karsan has aimed to develop and manufacture a wide variety of products ranging from passenger cars to busses and minivans to heavy trucks and today the Company produces in its state of the art, flexible facilities Hyundai Motor Company’s H350 model panelvans, minibusses as well as chassis for pick-up trucks and Menarinibus branded busses under license besides Karsan JEST, Karsan ATAK and Karsan Star vehicles manufactured under its own brand. Marketing, sales and after sales services of such products are performed via Karsan Marketing.