New ‘Adorable’ USPS Trucks Set to Come to the Hudson Valley
The United States Postal Service trucks will be revamped in the future.
On Tuesday, February 23, the United States Postal Service (USPS) announced a new multi-billion dollar contract to modernize the delivery vehicle fleet. According to a press release, they have awarded Oshkosh Defense a 10-year contract to manufacture a new generation of postal delivery vehicles. These vehicles will all be U.S.-built and it will be the most "dramatic" modernization of the USPS fleet in 30 years.
Postmaster General and USPS CEO Louis DeJoy said in a press release:
"Our fleet modernization also reflects the Postal Service’s commitment to a more environmentally sustainable mix of vehicles. 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.”
The new cars are expected to start rolling out in 2023 and are called Next Generation Delivery Vehicle (NGDV). These cars will be equipped with multiple new safety features like blind-spot warnings, front and rear bumper sensors, backup cameras, and a 360-degree camera. According to the press release, the NGDVs will also have increased cargo capacity to maximize efficiency and better accommodate higher package volumes stemming from the growth of eCommerce. 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 USPS has over 230,000 vehicles in its delivery fleet. Roughly 190,000 deliver mail six, and often seven, days a week in every U.S. community, according to the press release.