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The US Postal Service awarded a 10-year contract to Oshkosh Defense to manufacture a new generation of US-built postal delivery vehicles that will drive the most significant modernization of the USPS fleet in three decades.

Under the contract’s initial $482-million investment, Oshkosh Defense will finalize the production design of the Next Generation Delivery Vehicle (NGDV) — a purpose-built, right-hand-drive vehicle for mail and package delivery—and will assemble 50,000 to 165,000 of them over 10 years.

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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.

The initial investment includes plant tooling and build-out for the US manufacturing facility where final vehicle assembly will occur.

The contract is the first part of a multi-billion-dollar 10-year effort to replace the Postal Service’s delivery vehicle fleet, one of the world’s largest. The Postal Service fleet has more than 230,000 vehicles in every class, including both purpose-built and commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) vehicles. Approximately 190,000 deliver mail six, and often seven, days a week in every US community. The NGDV, along with other COTS vehicles, will replace and expand the current delivery fleet, which includes many vehicles that have been in service for 30 years.

The first NGDVs are estimated to appear on carrier routes in 2023.

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The NGDV vehicles will include air conditioning and heating, improved ergonomics, and some of the most advanced vehicle technology—including 360-degree cameras, advanced braking and traction control, air bags, 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.

The Postal Service awarded the Oshkosh Defense contract in accordance with competitive Postal Service procurement policies after extensive testing of prototype vehicles, evaluation of offered production proposals, and discussions of technical specifications with the offerors.

The award is an indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract, meaning that after an initial dollar commitment, the Postal Service will have the ongoing ability to order more NGDV over a fixed period of time, in this case, 10 years. Oshkosh Defense is evaluating which of their several US manufacturing locations is best suited to potentially increase the production rate of the NGDV.

The Postal Service receives no tax dollars for operating expenses and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations.

Comments

gryf

Oshkosh Defense is being very quiet about the powertrain and the supplier.
Ford was a partner and the prototype was a Ford Transit Van. Ford could supply the internal combustion engine (a 2.5L I4 Atkinson Cycle engine?) and the Chassis (like the F59 E350 Chassis).
However, the battery and electric motor systems probably are Oshkosh based. Microvast looks like the the battery cell supplier (https://www.electrive.com/2021/02/11/microvast-to-build-plant-and-work-with-oshkosh/) and the electric motor system may be based on the Oshkosh Pro-Pulse series hybrid modular drive.
More details should come out soon.

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