After lengthy years of ready (what number of occasions have we heard concerning the electrification plans?), the U.S. Postal Service lastly awarded the contract to modernize its supply fleet to… Oshkosh, the corporate identified principally for its navy autos (and clearly not EVs).

On the desk is a multi-billion deal for the availability of as much as 165,000 Subsequent Era Supply Car (NGDV) over 10-years.

“The U.S. Postal Service introduced at present it awarded a 10-year contract to Oshkosh, WI, based mostly Oshkosh Protection, to fabricate a brand new technology of U.S.-built postal supply autos that may drive essentially the most dramatic modernization of the USPS fleet in three a long time.”

Oshkosh Defense US Postal Service Delivery Truck
Oshkosh Defense US Postal Service Delivery Truck

As we will see within the photos, the NGDV is a really sensible automobile with excellent visibility. It may not look scorching, however let’s keep in mind that the ultimate design of the NGDV is but to be finalized by the Oshkosh Protection.

Oshkosh Defense US Postal Service Delivery Truck Safety Features

At this level we do not know a lot concerning the specs, beside that there shall be two powertrain variations:

  • fuel-efficient inside combustion engine
  • battery electrical

The excellent news is that the automobile is envisioned for future upgrades to new, higher EV tech. Hopefully, these with ICE shall be, sooner or later, retrofitted with EV tech as nicely.

The preliminary section of the settlement is $482 million and contains plant tooling:

“Beneath the contract’s preliminary $482 million funding, Oshkosh Protection will finalize the manufacturing design of the Subsequent Era Supply Car (NGDV) — a purpose-built, right-hand-drive automobile for mail and package deal supply — and can assemble 50,000 to 165,000 of them over 10 years. The autos shall be outfitted with both fuel-efficient inside combustion engines or battery electrical powertrains and will be retrofitted to maintain tempo with advances in electrical automobile applied sciences. The preliminary funding contains plant tooling and build-out for the U.S. manufacturing facility the place ultimate automobile meeting will happen.”

The Postal Service fleet at the moment has greater than 230,000 autos in each class and lots of of them are in service for 30 years. This decade, most of these autos is perhaps changed by an all-electric variations (hopefully) of the NGDV.

In keeping with the press launch, the primary NGDVs are estimated to look on service routes in 2023.

U.S. Postal Service Awards Contract to Launch Multi-Billion-Dollar Modernization of Postal Delivery Vehicle Fleet

We will not say a lot concerning the challenge at present, because the EV share is misty. What we all know is nonetheless that inside hours of the announcement, voices of opposition emerged.

One factor is that the U.S. Postal Service just isn’t switching to 100% electrical fleet, the second factor is the provider. Here’s a press launch issued by the Zero Emission Transportation Affiliation (ZETA)’s Government Director Joe Britton:

“U.S. Postmaster Basic Louis DeJoy is attempting to lock our postal automobile fleet into a long time of carbon-intensive transportation.  This instantly conflicts with the Administration’s said objectives and is for certain to see swift pushback from appropriators who’ve sought to drive USPS automobile electrification. Many have questioned whether or not DeJoy has really had USPS’ greatest pursuits in thoughts, however this reckless misstep is a brand new low. We encourage others to hitch us in talking out about this resolution and name on Congress to behave on what’s a transparent invitation from DeJoy to reverse his resolution.”

In different phrases, now it entered a better stage of politics.