The United States Postal Service’s current fleet of mail trucks is old. Older than some of the people driving the vehicles. It’s long overdue for an upgrade that includes some basics like air conditioning and a clock, and thankfully USPS just announced that OshKosh Defense will be making the next mail truck. And one of the many upgrades is the option for a full electric vehicle.
If you live in the United States, you are probably familiar with the now iconic boxy Grumman Long Life Vehicle (LLV) used for today̵
OshKosh Defense’s new proposed mail truck, dubbed “Next Generation Delivery Vehicles,” will theoretically solve that anyway. It can use a traditional ICE engine or an electric drivetrain to get really modern. Versions using an electric powertrain will support new EV technology as it becomes available.
The lowered hood and large windshield allow drivers to see pedestrians and other obstacles on the road, as do the new 360-degree cameras that power a front and rear collision warning system. Drivers will likely appreciate the addition of air conditioning and heat, although perhaps not the extra cargo space to fit so many packages in the run.
The design is still not final, but it is close. And OshKosh Defense will produce between 50,000 and 165,000 vehicles over the next ten years. It is not clear how many will use gas and how much electric. Currently, USPS has 140,000 LLVs in its workforce, so we’ll see them for years to come.
Source: USPS via Engadget