Transfer over Dispatcher Jeep and step apart Grumman LLV—America Publish Workplace is getting itself an all-new journey.
The USPS simply introduced that it’s awarded a 10-year contract to Oshkosh, Wisconsin-based Oshkosh Protection to construct a brand new mail truck. It’s the most recent chapter within the Publish Workplace’s storied historical past of mail supply autos.
Dubbed merely the “Subsequent Technology Supply Car,” or NGDV should you’re quick on time, this new truck is designed particularly for the USPS. It, after all, is right-hand drive, and boasts a ton of updates from its predecessor, the venerable (but quickly getting older) Grumman LLV.
For starters, it has air-con and heating, and an improved cabin association to make the NGDV extra snug. It’ll additionally pack-in some slick digital gizmos, together with 360-degree cameras, traction management, and entrance/rear crash avoidance methods. Inside house optimization will improve the NGDV’s cargo capabilities too.
However probably the most attention-grabbing characteristic is maybe beneath the hood, the place the USPS says the NGDV might be geared up with both a fuel-efficient inner combustion engine or an electrical motor. Yep, in a single configuration, the NGDV goes to be an electrical automobile.
Extra importantly, Oshkosh Protection says the NGDV is designed to be simply retrofitted with newer powertrains as they develop—and given how briskly the automotive know-how sector strikes these days, powertrain flexibility might be a extremely good thought.
The present Publish Workplace fleet tops 230,000 autos, with a lot of these in service for 30+ years. This new contract guarantees to replace that fleet with 50,000 to 165,000 NGDVs within the subsequent ten years.
The USPS says the primary of these new NGDVs needs to be hitting neighborhoods in 2023.