First NGDV order placed

The Postal Service has placed a first order for 50,000 next-generation delivery vehicles (NGDVs) with Oshkosh Defense for $2.8 billion.

The order will include a minimum of 10,019 battery electric vehicles, an increase from the 5,000 electric vehicles that were initially planned.

An improving financial and operational outlook under the Delivering for America plan has made that possible, according to Postmaster General Louis DeJoy.

“We are pleased to be moving forward with this much-needed investment in our fleet,” DeJoy said.

The Postal Service’s March 24 news release has more information.


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So what’s the reason for the secrecy of the internal design features for delivery and organization? What’s the turning radius? What is the ground clearance? Does the left window open? Will it rust? How about real-world roads (that aren’t in a perfect subdivision) with a full load (8501 LBS if you didn’t know)? I’m sure that 4 cylinder Ford Focus engine with work great on a hilly rural dirt driveway in winter. right?