After years of waiting, the U.S. Postal Service finally awarded the contract to modernize its delivery fleet to Oshkosh, the company known mostly for its military vehicles.
On the table is a multibillion-dollar deal for the supply of up to 165,000 Next Generation Delivery Vehicle (NGDV) over 10 years.
"The U.S. Postal Service announced [Feb. 23] it awarded a 10-year contract to Oshkosh, WI-based Oshkosh Defense, to manufacture a new generation of U.S.-built postal delivery vehicles that will drive the most dramatic modernization of the USPS fleet in three decades," the U.S. Postal Service said.
As we can see in the images, the NGDV is a very practical vehicle with outstanding visibility. It might not look hot, but let's remember the final design of the NGDV is yet to be finalized by Oshkosh.
At this point we don't know much about the specs, other than there will be two powertrain versions, a fuel-efficient internal combustion engine and battery electric.
The good news is the vehicle is envisioned for future upgrades to new, better EV tech. Hopefully, those with ICE will be, at some point, retrofitted with EV tech as well.
The initial phase of the agreement is $482 million and includes plant tooling.
The Postal Service fleet currently has more than 230,000 vehicles in every class, and many of them are in service for 30 years. This decade, most of those vehicles might be replaced by an all-electric versions---hopefully---of the NGDV.
According to the press release, the first NGDVs are estimated to appear on carrier routes in 2023.
We can't say much about the project today, as the EV share is misty. What we do know, however, is...