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Ladies And Gentlemen, Meet The Next US Postal Service Delivery Truck

redriderbob

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Ladies And Gentlemen, Meet The Next US Postal Service Delivery Truck​


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The aptly named Grumman Long Life Vehicle has served as the official vehicle of the United States Postal Service for more than 30 years, but all good things must come to an end eventually. Soon, your packages and parcels will arrive at your doorstep via the Oshkosh Defense Next Generation Delivery Vehicle, or NGDV for short. Oshkosh will finalize the design of the NGDV before putting it into production under a 10-year USPS contract.

Like its predecessor, the van will be right-hand-drive, and it carries a friendly, slightly cartoonish new design. The low hood and cowl improve forward visibility, one of the Grumman LLV’s greatest strengths, while a higher roofline and walk-in cargo area allow mail carriers to more easily organize deliveries and access parcels from the cockpit. An automatic parking brake and curbside sliding cargo door further improve convenience when the mail carrier must exit the vehicle to make a delivery.

 

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This thing is in the news again. This time it is for the power train. The USPS isn't ordering enough of these delivery vehicles with battery electric drive. California and some other states are suing because a big fleet of traditional petrol fueled delivery vans aren't environmentally friendly enough. Do those states continue to by municipal and law enforcement vehicles fueled by gas and diesel? Well they should stop. My thought has been since the engines and transmissions come from Ford, they should have gone with hybrid and plugin hybrid power trains.

I hope the Ram people are watching this saga unfold. I'm looking forward to the full size ProMaster EV and wondering what will replace the ProMaster City. The USPS has been known to purchase off the rack vehicles and has some gas powered Ram vans in the fleet. I see a number of Mercedes built rhd postal vans in my part of town. I think they are built from CKD kits to bypass the buy American requirements. The Mercedes Star and other insignia is replaced with the Post Office Eagle symbol.
 

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