The classic US mail van has remained relatively untouched for the last few decades. Now, it looks like the postal delivery van is finally about to get an upgrade. The US Postal Service has signed a contract with Oshkosh Defense that will see the company manufacture a new generation of U.S.-built postal delivery vehicles.
Under the contract’s initial $482 million investment, Oshkosh Defense will be tasked with finalising the design of the Next Generation Delivery Vehicle (NGDV), a purpose-built, right-hand-drive vehicle for mail and package delivery. Around 50,000 to 165,000 NGDV’s will be built over the next 10 years.
This is the new next-gen USPS delivery vehicle coming to your neighborhood by 2023 pic.twitter.com/WkEd3VkHkU
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The next-gen mail vans will be equipped with either fuel-efficient internal combustion engines or battery-electric powertrains that can be retrofitted to keep pace with advancements in electric vehicle technologies.
The NGDV vehicles will include air conditioning and heating, improved ergonomics, 360-degree cameras, advanced braking and traction control, airbags, and a front- and rear collision avoidance system that includes visual, audio warning, and automatic braking.
The vehicles will also have increased cargo capacity to maximize efficiency and better accommodate higher package volumes stemming from the growth of eCommerce.
“Because we operate one of the largest civilian government fleets in the world, we are committed to pursuing near-term and long-term opportunities to reduce our impact on the environment,” said Louis DeJoy, Postmaster General and USPS Chief Executive Officer.
The first NGDVs are estimated to appear on carrier routes in 2023.