- The Next Generation Delivery Vehicle (NGDV) program boasts safer and more environmentally friendly vehicles
- Identified 10,019 specific delivery routes as best initial application for electric vehicles
The Postal Service announced today that it placed its initial Next Generation Delivery Vehicle (NGDV) delivery order with Oshkosh, WI, based Oshkosh Defense at a cost of $2.98 billion. The first order is for 50,000 vehicles – a minimum of which will be for 10,019 battery electric vehicles (BEVs).
“We are pleased to be moving forward with this much-needed investment in our fleet,” said Postmaster General and USPS Chief Executive Officer Louis DeJoy. “Since I came on board a year and a half ago, we have continuously evaluated and adjusted our vehicle purchase strategy based on our future network initiatives, ongoing review of BEV application to our operational strategy, and our financial outlook as we undertake our ongoing implementation of the Delivering for America plan.
DeJoy noted that many of the 190,000 vehicles that USPS operates today are more than 30 years old and lack basic safety features.
Unlike the current Long Life Delivery Vehicles (LLV) the NGDV will feature air conditioning, improved ergonomics, and some of the most advanced vehicle and safety 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 mail and package volumes.
It is expected the NGDVs will begin appearing on carrier routes in late 2023.
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