WASHINGTON, Feb. 23, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — The U.S. Postal Service introduced at present it awarded a 10-year contract to Oshkosh, WI, primarily based Oshkosh Defense, to fabricate a brand new era of U.S.-built postal supply autos that can drive essentially the most dramatic modernization of the USPS fleet in three many years.
The historic funding is a part of a soon-to-be-released plan the Postal Service has developed to rework its monetary efficiency and customer support over the following 10 years by way of important investments in individuals, expertise and infrastructure because it seeks to turn into the popular supply service supplier for the American public.
Under the contract’s preliminary $482 million funding, Oshkosh Defense will finalize the manufacturing design of the Next Generation Delivery Vehicle (NGDV) — a purpose-built, right-hand-drive automobile for mail and bundle supply — and can assemble 50,000 to 165,000 of them over 10 years. The autos might be outfitted with both fuel-efficient inside combustion engines or battery electrical powertrains and might be retrofitted to maintain tempo with advances in electrical automobile applied sciences. The preliminary funding consists of plant tooling and build-out for the U.S. manufacturing facility the place remaining automobile meeting will happen.
The contract is the primary a part of a multi-billion-dollar 10-year effort to switch the Postal Service’s supply automobile fleet, one of many world’s largest. The Postal Service fleet has greater than 230,000 autos in each class, together with each purpose-built and commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) autos. Approximately 190,000 ship mail six, and infrequently seven, days per week in each U.S. neighborhood. The NGDV, together with different COTS autos, will change and increase the present supply fleet, which incorporates many autos which were in service for 30 years.
The first NGDVs are estimated to seem on provider routes in 2023.
“As the American establishment that binds our nation collectively, the U.S. Postal Service can have a shiny and trendy future if we make investments at present that place us for excellence tomorrow,” mentioned Postmaster General and USPS Chief Executive Officer Louis DeJoy. “The NGDV program expands our capability for dealing with extra bundle quantity and helps our carriers with cleaner and extra environment friendly applied sciences, extra facilities, and better consolation and safety as they ship daily on behalf of the American individuals.”
The NGDV autos will embrace air con and heating, improved ergonomics, and a number of the most superior automobile expertise — together with 360-degree cameras, superior braking and traction management, air baggage, a front- and rear-collision avoidance system that features visible, audio warning, and computerized braking. The autos may also have elevated cargo capability to maximise effectivity and higher accommodate greater bundle volumes stemming from the expansion of eCommerce.
“Our fleet modernization additionally displays the Postal Service’s dedication to a extra environmentally sustainable mixture of autos,” DeJoy mentioned. “Because we function one of many largest civilian authorities fleets on the earth, we’re dedicated to pursuing near-term and long-term alternatives to cut back our affect on the setting.”
The Postal Service awarded the Oshkosh Defense contract in accordance with aggressive Postal Service procurement insurance policies after in depth testing of prototype autos, analysis of provided manufacturing proposals, and discussions of technical specs with the offerors.
The award is an indefinite supply, indefinite amount (IDIQ) contract, that means that after an preliminary greenback dedication, the Postal Service can have the continuing capacity to order extra NGDV over a set time frame, on this case,10 years. Oshkosh Defense is evaluating which of their a number of U.S. manufacturing places is greatest suited to probably improve the manufacturing charge of the NGDV. 
Video remarks that includes Postmaster General Louis DeJoy and different Postal Service executives, and a picture of the brand new NGDV can be found on the USPS Newsroom.
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SOURCE U.S. Postal Service
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