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The U.S. Postal Service has a new modern truck. Here are the photos

The Postal Service finally unveiled its new truck design after speculation from earlier this year

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In this Aug. 18, 2020, file photo, mail delivery vehicles are parked outside a post office in Boys Town, Neb. The US Postal Service finally unveiled its new truck design after speculation from earlier this year.

In this Aug. 18, 2020, file photo, mail delivery vehicles are parked outside of a post office in Boys Town, Neb. The U.S. Postal Service finally unveiled its new truck design after speculation earlier this year.

Nati Harnik, Associated Press

The United States Postal Service revealed its all-new truck design this week.

  • The Postal Service said the company Oshkosh Defense would manufacture the new trucks for the next 10 years.
  • The decision to update the trucks “is part of a soon-to-be-released 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 preferred delivery service provider for the American public,” the Postal Service said in a press release.
The U.S. Postal Service revealed its all-new truck design this week.

The United States Postal Service revealed its all-new truck design this week.

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Details

  • The Postal Service and Oshkosh Defense will team up to finalize the production design and assemble 50,000 to 165,000 trucks over the next decade.
  • The new trucks will come “with either fuel-efficient internal combustion engines or battery-electric powertrains,” the Postal Service said.
  • These new trucks will be fitted to adapt to changes in technology, too.

Key quote

Postmaster General Louis DeJoy said: “As the American institution that binds our country together, the U.S. Postal Service can have a bright and modern future if we make investments today that position us for excellence tomorrow. The NGDV program expands our capacity for handling more package volume and supports our carriers with cleaner and more efficient technologies, more amenities, and greater comfort and security as they deliver every day on behalf of the American people.”

Context

In August 2020, the U.S. Postal Service said it would award a $6.3 billion contract for a new mail truck design in 2020, as I wrote about for the Deseret News.

At the time, the deal called for 180,000 vehicles will be built for five to seven years for $6.3 billion, according to Fox Business.

  • Early reports suggested there were three companies in the running, including Karsan/Morgan Olsen, Oshkosh/Ford and Workhorse. All of the companies had different designs.

An investigation by Motherboard, Vice’s long-form investigative enterprise, discovered current delivery trucks have been catching on fire at an alarming rate. The report found that on average, there’s about one U.S. delivery truck fire every five days, as the Deseret News explained.