The USPS is experiencing significant changes in delivery operations. Double digit growth in shipping and packaging services is driving new opportunities—and new challenges—for the Postal Service. With the dramatic growth in online shopping and e-commerce, the number of packages delivered by the USPS has grown from 3.7 billion pieces in 2013 to 4.5 billion in 2015. The AM General advanced postal vehicle is designed to grow with the new demands in delivery on the postal service and ensure that the USPS can manage the changing mail mix with improvements in safety, efficiency, and reliability.
AM General is combining highly reliable, low maintenance, fuel-saving powertrain options and advanced safety systems into a durable, low operating-cost vehicle. The series of innovations include:
- Light weight, fuel efficient vehicle technologies
- Advanced Powertrain with system options
- Substantial emissions decreases with a zero emissions option
- Next generation safety systems that provide safe vehicles for letter carriers
- Reduced maintenance schedule with less complex repairs yields significant savings
The postal award is part of AM General’s growing commercial business, which was selected by Mercedes-Benz as its only contract manufacturer in the United States, producing the R-Class vehicle in Mishawaka, Indiana. Design and development for the postal vehicle will be conducted at AM General’s Center for Advanced Automotive Design in Livonia, Michigan.
The contract award from the Postal Service is part of the USPS Next Generation Delivery Vehicle program, under which several prototype designs will be designed, built and tested over an 18-month period. Production requirements and future vehicle replacement award(s) will be determined by the Postal Service after NGDV Prototype testing.