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    USPS Deploys Mercedes Metris Vans; Eagle Replaces MB Star!

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    My mailman pulled up in one of these yesterday. I was stunned. No nameplate on the vehicle, right-hand drive, and the Mercedes-Benz star up front has been replaced with the USPS delivery eagle!

    USPS announces deployment of the Mercedes Metris right-hand drive commercial off-the-shelf vehicles into the delivery fleet. Approximately 17,310 vehicles over the next three years, beginning in May 2020 and continuing through September 2022. Of the 4,092 Metris vehicles scheduled for deployment in 2020, approximately 3,392 will be assigned to city delivery routes.






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    Re: USPS Deploys Mercedes Metris Vans; Eagle Replaces MB Star!

    Let's hope the USPS got a great deal on the purchase. Still a shame that an American brand could not come up with the winning bid. Note: These Metris units are assembled in the United States using a mix of domestic and foreign components.



    “It is common practice to remove manufacturer’s nameplates as part of the upfit process. The Postal Service does not endorse any vehicle manufacturer or advertise on a manufacturer’s behalf. As part of our decal package we chose to use the USPS trademark eagle symbol instead of the vehicle manufacturer’s symbol. All decal markings are installed as part of the vehicle acquisition contract.”











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    Re: USPS Deploys Mercedes Metris Vans; Eagle Replaces MB Star!

    Quote Originally Posted by Perian View Post
    Let's hope the USPS got a great deal on the purchase. Still a shame that an American brand could not come up with the winning bid. Note: These Metris units are assembled in the United States using a mix of domestic and foreign components.
    That was my first thought - disappointment at their buying a foreign make. And also disappointment at the pedestrian looks of this - it looks like a regular delivery van. I'm so used to the unique looks of the mail trucks that this normal white van look I find oddly repellant. I'm sure I'll get used to it...

    though I wonder what safety will be like. Meaning the entire country is used to the mail truck being distinctive, when you are behind one you know right away what it is and know it can stop at any point, so you are ready for it. Though I'm sure this will have a huge USPS decal on back, I do wonder if people won't be paying close attention due to its normal cargo van looks and not be prepared to stop which will lead to more rear-endings. Time will tell.

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    Re: USPS Deploys Mercedes Metris Vans; Eagle Replaces MB Star!

    This is still a fairly small number of vehicles over 3-years, might be a stop-gap measure or a testing measure. There are 140,000 LLV Mail Trucks in service today.

    The Metris is more of a tweener cargo van, fits between a Transit and Transit Connect. I could see this as the more appealing option for mail delivery. It's not huge and tall like a Transit and it's not as small as a TC.

    Max Cargo Capacity:
    Transit Connect: 123/145 cu/ft
    ProMaster City: 132 cu/ft
    Chrysler Pacifica: 140 cu/ft
    Mercedes Metris: 183 cu/ft
    Ford Transit (Smallest): 275 cu/ft
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    Re: USPS Deploys Mercedes Metris Vans; Eagle Replaces MB Star!

    I'd wonder if the USPS is just waiting for someone to do an EV van like GM is supposedly working on. These local mail routes would work well in an EV.
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    Re: USPS Deploys Mercedes Metris Vans; Eagle Replaces MB Star!

    Nearing the end of the road for the 1982 S-10........................

    Quote Originally Posted by BORG View Post
    This is still a fairly small number of vehicles over 3-years, might be a stop-gap measure or a testing measure. There are 140,000 LLV Mail Trucks in service today.

    The Metris is more of a tweener cargo van, fits between a Transit and Transit Connect. I could see this as the more appealing option for mail delivery. It's not huge and tall like a Transit and it's not as small as a TC.

    Max Cargo Capacity:
    Transit Connect: 123/145 cu/ft
    ProMaster City: 132 cu/ft
    Chrysler Pacifica: 140 cu/ft
    Mercedes Metris: 183 cu/ft
    Ford Transit (Smallest): 275 cu/ft
    4% replacement rate would take ~25 years

    Having more cargo room, makes sense with all the parcels these days.

    Quote Originally Posted by FenwickHockey65 View Post
    I'd wonder if the USPS is just waiting for someone to do an EV van like GM is supposedly working on. These local mail routes would work well in an EV.

    Trying to imagine the electricity load of one of the Post Offices I visit would have on the grid, or the number of solar panels and windmills they would need.

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    Re: USPS Deploys Mercedes Metris Vans; Eagle Replaces MB Star!

    Quote Originally Posted by BlackGTP View Post
    I do wonder if people won't be paying close attention due to its normal cargo van looks and not be prepared to stop which will lead to more rear-endings. Time will tell.
    Serious question, not being critical and not trying to start something but I don’t understand that thought...is there a chronic problem of rear end collisions w white vans down in the states? We have plenty of white vans (hopefully non-creeper) here but I’m not aware of any issues w rear end collisions being higher w crack vans

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    Quote Originally Posted by samesun View Post
    Serious question, not being critical and not trying to start something but I don’t understand that thought...is there a chronic problem of rear end collisions w white vans down in the states? We have plenty of white vans (hopefully non-creeper) here but I’m not aware of any issues w rear end collisions being higher w crack vans
    Ha - sorry, didn't mean to come across that I think changing will cause mass confusion and accidents in the Northeast. Not a serious issue with cargo vans being rear-ended, however, they don't regularly stop on the road as do mail trucks. Cargo/delivery vans will typically pull into people's driveway vs, the mailman stays on the road as each house has a mailbox on the road.

    In my area we have a lot of windy, narrow roads that were laid down as wagon/horse trails anywhere from 300 to 100 years ago. We don't have wide boulevard/strait roads like a good chunk of the country has. It's just another watch-out, I doubt there will be mayhem of mail trucks being wiped out. But just a thought I had - it's just a change of an existing obstacle that we have to look out for in my area and it won't surprise me if a couple do get rear-ended because people won't be expecting them to stop on the road.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Perian View Post
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    My mailman pulled up in one of these yesterday. I was stunned. No nameplate on the vehicle, right-hand drive, and the Mercedes-Benz star up front has been replaced with the USPS delivery eagle!









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    You do know that, “mailman” went out the window years ago? It is now, “letter carrier”.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FenwickHockey65 View Post
    I'd wonder if the USPS is just waiting for someone to do an EV van like GM is supposedly working on. These local mail routes would work well in an EV.
    GM is not building any RHD vehicles except Corvette so that would exclude them from even being asked to to quote for this wouldn't it?

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    I can imagine we'll see a wide variety of EV cargo vans by the end of the decade that meet most commercial customer needs. Right now EV vans have fairly low range (under 200 miles) which is okay for certain applications like last-mile package delivery and the USPS. It's possible the USPS will buy a bunch of Transit EV vans when they become available, but I doubt they will have the budget to make that infrastructure transition.
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    You do know that, “mailman” went out the window years ago? It is now, “letter carrier”.
    And faster than you can say "abracadabra" .............. letter, is gone too. "Junk-Mail Carrier"?

    Speaking of mail, yesturday I got a package, it was shipped UPS (The Big Brown Truck) to the Post Office, then from the Post Office, delivered to me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ed753 View Post
    And faster than you can say "abracadabra" .............. letter, is gone too. "Junk-Mail Carrier"?

    Speaking of mail, yesturday I got a package, it was shipped UPS (The Big Brown Truck) to the Post Office, then from the Post Office, delivered to me.

    These vans are perfect for Amazon's outsourced package delivery to the USPS

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    Re: USPS Deploys Mercedes Metris Vans; Eagle Replaces MB Star!

    Quote Originally Posted by Perian View Post
    Let's hope the USPS got a great deal on the purchase. Still a shame that an American brand could not come up with the winning bid. Note: These Metris units are assembled in the United States using a mix of domestic and foreign components.



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    I agree. What's wrong with the domestics? But on the plus side at least these are built here and upfitted here so Those jobs at least go to Americans.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FenwickHockey65 View Post
    I'd wonder if the USPS is just waiting for someone to do an EV van like GM is supposedly working on. These local mail routes would work well in an EV.
    Aren't some of their little square box trucks already electric and maybe a few of the Jeep's too?
    Quote Originally Posted by Ed753 View Post
    And faster than you can say "abracadabra" .............. letter, is gone too. "Junk-Mail Carrier"?

    Speaking of mail, yesturday I got a package, it was shipped UPS (The Big Brown Truck) to the Post Office, then from the Post Office, delivered to me.
    It seems they do that quite a bit in what I see dealing with getting stuff on Amazon and how it shows up by way of UPS sent to local Post Office for delivery.
    Quote Originally Posted by Greg Burr View Post
    These vans are perfect for Amazon's outsourced package delivery to the USPS
    It would seem so as in my above observations. So I'd agree,

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