EV startup Workhorse has deserted its lawsuit protesting the USA Postal Service’s choice to let Oshkosh Protection construct the next-generation mail truck. The courtroom accepted Workhorse’s voluntary dismissal late Tuesday — simply sooner or later earlier than the primary oral arguments have been scheduled to start concerning the USPS’s try to dismiss the case.

Workhorse filed the protest within the US Court docket of Federal Claims in mid-June, almost 4 months after the USPS introduced that it had awarded the contract to construct the next-generation mail truck to protection contractor Oshkosh, ending a contest that began in 2015.

“We are pleased to learn that Workhorse Group has withdrawn its bid protest of the award of the United States Postal Service Next Generation Delivery Vehicle (“USPS NGDV”) contract to Oshkosh Protection,” a spokesperson for Oshkosh mentioned in an e mail to The Verge.[W]e are proud that the USPS selected our solution to fulfill the needs of the NGDV program. We look forward to working with our partners across the country to get these highly capable and efficient vehicles to the carriers who need them.”

In a press release, the USPS mentioned it “remain[s] committed to modernizing our delivery fleet in service to our customers. The Postal Service is working diligently with our supplier, and looks forward to the production of our Next Generation Delivery Vehicles (NGDV).”

Workhorse’s choice to drop the swimsuit comes simply two weeks after a short-selling analysis agency printed a report on the startup, alleging fraud and accusing the corporate of hiding a Securities and Alternate Fee investigation from buyers. Workhorse didn’t reply to a number of requests for remark in regards to the dismissal and has not answered any questions in regards to the accusations.

The dismissal additionally comes after Workhorse changed its CEO and the corporate introduced plans to revamp its flagship electrical supply van, which it had solely simply began making.

The USPS got down to exchange its present mail vehicles in 2015, hoping to make the fleet extra gas environment friendly and provides mail carriers fashionable facilities like superior security options and air con. Workhorse was one of many few corporations that caught it out to the ultimate bids final yr, and it claimed to be the one one proposing to construct a wholly electrical mail fleet.

However the Ohio-based firm struggled as the competition dragged on, regardless of having some big-name corporations like UPS and FedEx check a few of its earlier autos. To maintain itself afloat, Workhorse borrowed cash from hedge funds and bought off components of its enterprise — together with licensing the mental property for an electrical pickup truck it by no means constructed to a brand new firm began by its former CEO, Lordstown Motors.

The Postal Service chosen Oshkosh in February, and the company and the protection contractor revealed a brand new automobile that’s supposedly in a position to run on each fuel and electrical drivetrains. Oshkosh has agreed to make 50,000 to 165,000 of the vehicles over 10 years. Solely round 10 % will probably be electrical on the outset, and those that aren’t are imagined to be “fuel-efficient [and] low-emission,” although neither Oshkosh nor the USPS has backed up these phrases with any numbers. The USPS has mentioned it could want billions extra {dollars} in funding to extend the variety of all-electric autos it orders from Oshkosh.

Workhorse initially lodged an enchantment with the USPS after the award was introduced after which filed its bid protest in Federal Claims Court docket on June sixteenth. The USPS (and Oshkosh, which joined the case to help the company’s protection) argued Workhorse was imagined to undergo at the least yet another official step as specified by the competition guidelines earlier than it filed a federal lawsuit and tried to have the case dismissed on these grounds. Oral arguments on the USPS’s movement to dismiss have been scheduled for Wednesday.

The USPS has been extremely secretive in regards to the particulars of the competition and its choice to go along with Oshkosh. Workhorse has alleged that Oshkosh modified its plans on the finish of the competition, and that the design revealed in February was by no means topic to the exams that the USPS required by its personal guidelines. Workhorse additionally revealed in one of its own filings that the USPS instructed the startup there was at the least one different all-electric entrant, and that even when the company hadn’t chosen Oshkosh, Workhorse nonetheless wouldn’t have received the contract.


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