Revealed The USPS for the new mail truck after years of competition, the new truck is being built by Oshkosh Defense and can be equipped with both gasoline and electric engines, but it will not reach the road until 2023.
The USPS has been looking to replace its existing mail trucks for years now, and began receiving orders for new designs again in 2015.
There is an urgent need for new trucks, as those currently on the road are very old and pose a great fire risk.
The transition was supposed to start in 2018, but the program faced multiple setbacks, and the USPS repeatedly extended deadlines early on at the manufacturers’ request, and the program was subject to further delays once the coronavirus pandemic spreads.
The new truck has more cargo space, better ergonomics, air conditioning, and is equipped with cameras that provide a 360-degree view, helping to operate the front and rear collision avoidance system with visual and audio warnings in addition to automatic braking.
The large windshield and lower bonnet should give drivers a better view of the road, pedestrians or cyclists, which is a major improvement in the safety of people outside the car.
Oshkosh Defense has yet to finalize the mail truck design, which is part of the reason for the two-year wait.
The company raises an upfront investment of $ 482 million and promises to generate 50,000 to 165,000 trucks over 10 years.
Oshkosh Defense was working with Ford during the bidding process, but it is unclear if Ford is still involved in the final product.
And the USPS does not specify exactly how many fuel trucks and how many trucks will be electric, as the plan is Both are built with vehicles designed in such a way that powertrains can be electrical over time.
The USPS says its fuel engines will be efficient in low-emission fuel consumption, but has not specified what it means by these terms.
President Biden said in January that he wanted to replace the entire government fleet with electric motors, and that wouldn’t be possible without USPS, which accounts for about a third of these vehicles.
And disappointingly, the announcement does not immediately commit to supplying one of the largest fleets of cars in the United States with electricity.
This contract represents a golden opportunity to stimulate the domestic electric vehicle market, and the commitment to electrify the postal fleet provides a clear incentive for the further development of the domestic electric vehicle industry.