USPS Unveils ‘Next Generation’ Delivery Trucks in Announcement of Multi-Billion-Dollar Deal
Washington D.C. – The United States Postal Service (USPS) announced this week it has reached a “multi-billion-dollar” agreement to begin building what it calls the “Next Generation Delivery Vehicle” (NGDV).
On Tuesday, the USPS said it has awarded a massive contract to Oshkosh, WI, based Oshkosh Defense, to manufacture and deliver up to 165,000 NGDV’s over the next 10 years.
“The vehicles will be equipped with either fuel-efficient internal combustion engines or battery electric powertrains and can be retrofitted to keep pace with advances in electric vehicle technologies,” USPS informed.
The NGDV vehicles will also include air conditioning and heating, improved ergonomics, 360-degree cameras, advanced braking and traction control, air bags, and a front- and rear-collision avoidance system that includes visual, audio warning, and automatic braking.
Additionally, USPS said the vehicles will have “increased cargo capacity to maximize efficiency and better accommodate higher package volumes stemming from the growth of eCommerce.”
An initial investment of $482 million includes plant tooling and build-out for the U.S. manufacturing facility where final vehicle assembly will occur.
The Postal Service fleet currently has more than 230,000 vehicles in every class, including both purpose-built and commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) vehicles.
The USPS intends for the NGDV, along with other COTS vehicles, to replace and expand the current delivery fleet over the course of the next 10 years.
The first NGDVs are estimated to appear on carrier routes as soon as 2023.
Photos courtesy USPS