The phrase “play stupid games, win stupid prizes” has never rung so true than with the new USPS Mail Truck. Strict rules and regulations surrounding dimensions result in a truck that’s awkward, yet somehow perfect in all its weird shapes and dimensions. And while the van (truck?) is still years away from LS-swap possibilities, petrolheads are all thinking the same thing right now… aren’t we?! Let’s take a closer look.
While Amazon delivery looks to the future with all-electric delivery vans in partnership with Rivian, the new USPS van – formally known as ‘Next Generation Delivery Vehicle’ – will adopt a fifty per cent all-electric fleet and is manufactured by Oshkosh Corporation, which spends most of its time building U.S. military vehicles.
How strict are these regulations then? Well, bidding for the contract included a set of tight design rules, the likes of which were outlined by Nir Khan, a bidder from Plasan. Requirements dictated “step-in height, the glass height (including the low side glass), the vision angles, the internal height, and the maximum roof height,” he wrote in a Tweet. A full list of requirements were explained in the thread below.
I was involved in an early proposal for the USPS truck so I know the requirements well. They pretty much dictated the proportions – this package sketch shows that to meet the ergonomic and size requirements, there wasn’t much freedom 1/2 #USPS pic.twitter.com/Fk35g98Z83
— Nir Kahn (@Nir_Kahn) February 24, 2021
The Drive reports that production numbers for the vehicle will land anywhere between 50,000 and 165,000 vehicles for the Postal Service over a period of 10 years. And the first NGDVs will hit the streets sometime in 2023 with a mixture of drivetrains, including a 3.5-litre V6 engine sourced from Ford as noted by Reuters in an article back in June.
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