WASHINGTON, February 23, 2021 / PRNewswire / – The U.S. Postal Service announced today that it awarded a 10-year contract to Oshkosh, WI, based at Oshkosh Defense, to build a new generation of US-made postal delivery vehicles that will drive the most spectacular modernization of the USPS fleet in three decades.
The historic investment is part of a soon-to-be-launched plan the Postal Service has developed to transform its financial performance and customer service over the next 10 years through significant investments in people, technology and infrastructure as it seeks to become the delivery preferred. service provider for the American public.
Under the initial of the contract $ 482 million investment, Oshkosh Defense will finalize the production design of the Next Generation Delivery Vehicle (NGDV), a right-hand drive vehicle specially designed for mail and package delivery, and will assemble between 50,000 and 165,000 of them over 10 years. The vehicles will be equipped with energy-efficient internal combustion engines or battery electric powertrains and can be adapted to keep pace with advances in electric vehicle technologies. The initial investment includes plant and construction tools for the US manufacturing plant where the final assembly of the vehicle will take place.
The contract is the first part of a trillion-dollar 10year-long effort to replace the Postal Service’s delivery vehicle fleet, one of the largest in the world. The Postal Service fleet has more than 230,000 vehicles in each class, including purpose-built vehicles and ready-to-use commercial vehicles (COTS). Approximately 190,000 mail six, and often seven, days a week in every community in the US The NGDV, along with other COTS vehicles, will replace and expand the current delivery fleet, which includes many vehicles that have been in service for 30 years.
The first NGDVs are expected to appear on carriers’ routes in 2023.
“As the American institution that unites our country, the US Postal Service can have a bright and modern future if we make investments today that position us for excellence tomorrow,” said the USPS Postmaster General and CEO. . Louis DeJoy. “The NGDV program expands our ability to handle more package volume and supports our shippers with cleaner and more efficient technologies, more amenities, and greater convenience and safety as they deliver every day on behalf of the American people.”
The NGDV vehicles will include air conditioning and heating, improved ergonomics and some of the most advanced vehicle technologies, including 360-degree cameras, advanced brake and traction control, airbags, a front and rear collision avoidance system that includes visual systems, audio warning and automatic braking. The vehicles will also have higher cargo capacity to maximize efficiency and better accommodate the higher package volumes derived from the growth of e-commerce.
“The modernization of our fleet also reflects the Postal Service’s commitment to a more environmentally sustainable vehicle mix,” said DeJoy. “Because we operate one of the largest civilian government fleets in the world, we are committed to seeking short and long-term opportunities to reduce our impact on the environment.”
The Postal Service awarded the Oshkosh Defense contract in accordance with the Postal Service’s competitive procurement policies after extensive testing of prototype vehicles, evaluation of offered production proposals, and technical specification discussions with bidders.
The award is an indefinite delivery contract, indefinite quantity (IDIQ), which means that after an initial commitment in dollars, the Postal Service will have the continuous ability to request more NGDV during a fixed period of time, in this case, 10 years. Oshkosh Defense is evaluating which of its various manufacturing locations in the US is best suited to potentially increase the production rate of the NGDV.
Video comments with the Postmaster General Louis DeJoy and other Postal Service executives, and a picture of the new NGDV is available at the USPS press room.
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