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HISTORY


GREEN LONG LIFE VEHICLE - (With Jet Engine)


KubVan


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History of Small Step Vans.

The US Postal Service has been one of the largest users of small step vans. The KubVan has been the Greenest small step van. The LLV was the most popular small step van with 150,000 vehicle produced. The US Postal Service planned to make 150,000 KubVans, but they were considered to be too small. I would like to make a small step van the slightly greener than the KubVan, and slightly larger than the LLV with the same construction as the KubVan. This should become the Greenest and most popular small step van in history.

1961 - 1965 FJ-3/FJ-3A Fleetvan
FJ3 FJ3A
The FJ3/3A was a Jeep CJ Chassis with a steel body. It had a gasoline engine and got less than 15 mpg.

1965 - 1970 FJ-6/FJ-6A Fleetvan
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FJ6 FJ6A
The FJ6/6A was a Jeep CJ Chassis with a steel body. It had a gasoline engine and got lerss thatn 15 mpg.

1975 - 1980 FJ-8, FJ-8A, FJ-8C and FJ-9 Fleetvan
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FJ8 FJ8A FJ8C FJ9
The FJ8 series was a 3/4 ton steel body over chassis vehicle with a gasoline engine and got less than 15 mpg. Borat drove an AM General FJ-8A Postal Van in Borat movie.

1970's - Fuel Crisis
After the fuel crisis of the 1970's the US Postal Service started to develop a fuel-efficient vehicle to deliver mail. The US Postal Service was using RHD vehicle with Jeep drive trains.

1983 - 1985 Grumman KubVan 70 and 100
KubVan 70 KubVan 100
The KubVan series was an Aluminium Unibody that used either Electric, Diesel, and Gasoline. The diesel version has space for extra tanks and can easily be converted to run on pure vegetable oil. The diesel version is powered by a 4 cylinder VW Rabbit diesel and economy automatic transmission and gets a REAL 35 mpg.

The Diesel version has a top speed of 70 mph, and gets a REAL 35 mpg.

The Electric version has a top speed of 55 mph, and a range of 50 miles.

The gasoline version ONLY gets 15 mpg.

This is the most successful concept but ONLY 500 were made. The US postal Service ordered this vehicle to save fuel. The KubVan has a low floor all aluminum unibody, and a 52 hp diesel engine. It can carry a load of 1,000 pounds, and gets 35 mpg. This vehicle is PERFECT for a small urban delivery vehicle. However it is under powered for highway use, and is too small for Postal Delivery.

1986 - 1995 Grumman LLV (Long Life Vehicle)
Grumman LLV
This is the most successful small stepvan 150,000 vehicles were made for Postal Services, in the United States, Canada, Mexico, South, and Central America, and the Philippians. It has a small turning diameter, is the correct size, aluminum body on Chevy S-10 chassis, RHD, but has a gasoline engine and ONLY gets 15 mpg. The LLV would be perfect if it was a low floor aluminum unibody vehicle that got 35 mpg on green or fossil fuel.

2000 - 2001 Ford FFV (Flex Fuel Vehicle)
Ford FFV (Flex Fuel Vehicle)
Ford and Ultimaster made 21,239 FFVs to replace the LLV. Again the US Postal Service tried to make a Fuel efficient Green vehicle. The FFV could run on up to 85% ethanol gasoline blend. ONLY 1,000 actually used 21,000 were produced.

2005 US Postal Service Fuel Consumption

Gasoline 106,800,000 gallons
Diesel 21,000,000
Bio-Diesel (B20) 1,020,000
E-85 582,000
CNG (221,000)
Electric (1,593)


2004 - 2006 Postal Services Design the "Generation 3 Long Life Vehicle"
CRV Generation 3
The LLV was out of production because the chevy s-10 chassis was no longer available. The US Postal Service tried for a few years to design the 3rd generation LLV (G3). They gave up designing the G3. Currently the US Postal Service is rebuilding every LLV and not putting any out of service.

Some say that the Generation 3 project was cancelled due to a lack of funding, caused by inflationary pressures. Every Green Long Life Vehicle the US Postal Service would save $500 a year on fuel. This could be a savings of 50,000,000 gallons of gasoline.

2005 - ? UnderFunded.com, LLV.com, and KubVan.com Start the Green LLV Project
After the fuel crisis of the 1970's the US Postal Service decided they should make a fuel efficient mail delivery vehicle that would last 20 years. Th The Green Long Life Vehicle will look like the LLV or KubVan. It will be a small low floor step van the size of a KubVan or a little larger than the LLV. The same platform can be used to make SUV models in 4x4 and 6x6 that can be unsinkable and amphibious. It will :
  • be able 35 - 50 mpg of green or fossil fuel
  • Aluminum Unibody, or Aluminum Body on Frame. (Last 20 years or 500,000 miles)
  • be 12 to 15 ft long
  • carry 1,000 to 2,000 lb
  • tow 2,000 to 7,000 lb
  • small turning diameter between 33 ft and 39 ft. (An LLV has a 38 ft. turning diameter)
  • RHD and LHD versions Perfect for a urban and rural delivery vehicle
  • low floor ergonomic area for the operator and passenger
  • sliding driver and passenger door
  • lift up, roll up, barn doors, or one large rear door
  • Gasoline, Diesel Internal combustion engine, with or without Hybrid
  • Turbine (Jet Engine) Hybrid Drive Train
  • Turbine engine capable of burning many different fuels
  • the hybrid is a portable generator able to supply power to grid, portable, or emergency power.
  • extra batteries to allow it to be Electric vehicle in the city, and Hybrid in the country
  • 4x4 and 4x2 versions
  • 6x6 version is available as a special order
  • Amphibious unsinkable version is available ONLY in 4x4 and 6x6 with diesel engine and jet drive.
  • Kneeling version allows a wheelchair to drive in the sliding side doors
Everyone says we should use less oil, and ONLY use sustainable fuels that can be grown or made at home. The Green Long Life Vehicle will run on:

  • Electricity
  • WVO (Waste Vegetable Oil)
  • SVO (Straight Vegetable Oil)
  • Hydrogen
  • Methanol
  • Biodiesel
  • Methane
  • Propane
  • Gasoline
  • Diesel Fuel
  • any mixture that will burn and is liquid or gas.

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