The U.S. Postal Service has selected Ram Commercial to provide 9,113 new 2016 Ram ProMaster 2500 front-wheel drive (FWD) cargo vans according to an announcement from FCA US LLC today (September 29). The vans will be outfitted to carry both mail and packages.
The USPS selected the 2016 Ram ProMaster 2500 cargo van powered by the award-winning, gasoline-fueled 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine which is rated at 280-horsepower output with peak torque of 260 lb.-ft. The engine is paired with the upgraded 62TE Automatic Six-Speed electronically controlled transmission.
The 2016 Ram 2500 ProMaster Cargo Van offers a high roof and two body lengths for maximum cargo capacity. The ProMaster 2500 comes in a 136-inch wheelbase with 353 cubic foot capacity and a 159-inch wheelbase with 420 cubic foot capacity. Both vans can haul over 4,000 pounds of packages or mail. The FCA announcement did not specify which size or combination of sizes would be provided.
“The Ram ProMaster is suited to meet the challenging demands of a USPS delivery vehicle,” said Bob Hegbloom, President and CEO, Ram Truck Brand — FCA US. “Reliability, durability, ease of use, lower acquisition and operating costs are hallmarks of the Ram ProMaster.”
According to the announcement, the Ram ProMaster order is independent of USPS’ acquisition program to supply the next generation of its delivery vehicles for residential and business services. The Postal Service operates one of the largest vehicle fleets in the nation. USPS uses an estimated 190,000 vehicles to collect and deliver mail, including about 142,000 long-life vehicles (LLVs).
Ram says that the ProMaster is ideally suited for the USPS. “While each and every one of our fleet customers is important to us, none command our attention like USPS,” said Tim Kuniskis, Vice President – Fleet Operations, FCA – North America. “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.”
According to a Ram spokesperson, a key feature of the Ram ProMaster 2500 that will be important to the USPS is its low flat floor configuration that enables easy load and unloading while providing cargo security. The Ram ProMaster van is fitted out to hold cargo down on the floor using up to 12 tie-down rings with 1,000-lb. rating fold away to maintain a flat floor, along with five sidewall tie-down rings with 550-lb. rating. Full pallet-containers of packages or boxes of mail can be safely and quickly loaded in and out through the wide rear swinging doors and side sliding doors. And, if needed, the cargo area also features the most vertical walls in the segment to enable shelving up fits while taking full advantage of extra space.
For the driver, the cab-forward short dash-to-front-axle design provides high driver and passenger seating positions increasing situational visibility in commercial traffic environments. In addition, the design also raises the headlamps for better light projection in the dark while protecting them from damage in heavy traffic situations.
The front bumper is a three-piece modular design with steps integrated into both front bumper corners for ease of forward windscreen cleaning. The three-piece design also makes repairs and or replacement of elements – damaged in service – faster and cheaper.
Other features include electronic stability control, ParkView rear backup camera and ParkSense rear park assist with audible warning,
Lastly, says Ram, the ProMaster, coming from a strong background of commercial vehicles, that the class exclusive front-wheel-drive ProMaster van will outperform rear-wheel-drive competitor vehicles in slick surface conditions such as snow.
Source: FCA US LLC