The US Postal Service plans to have a brand new mail van on American roads by 2023. A new contract will see Oshkosh Protection manufacture between 50,000 and 165,000 “Subsequent Era Supply Automobiles” for the company over the subsequent 10 years. The automobile will are available each combustion and electrical powertrain variants. In response to the Postal Service, the latter will be capable to accommodate new EV applied sciences as they develop into out there.
They’re going to additionally embrace options like 360-degree cameras, front- and rear-collision avoidance and traction management, along with creature comforts like heating and air con and extra carrying capability for packages.
The postal service’s present fleet is made up of roughly 230,000 autos, with about 190,000 devoted solely to transporting mail and parcels to folks. A few of these vans and vans, akin to the long-lasting Grumman Long Life Vehicle (LLV), have been in service for many years. The US Postal Service maintains roughly 140,000 LLVs throughout the US. The vast majority of these vans embrace GM’s notorious 4-cylinder “Iron Duke” engine and on a given day, its gas financial system plunges to the one digits. Lately, they’ve additionally started to catch fire with out moving into any accidents. In different phrases, the Postal Service is lengthy overdue for an improve.