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New Postal Service delivery vehicle unveiled. It's a pretty radical change

February 24, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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Few things have changed less during the course of this century than this nation's fleet of postal delivery vehicles.

(CNN Business)Few things have changed less during the course of this century than this nation's fleet of postal delivery vehicles.

They have lived up to their name, the Grumman LLV, for long lasting vehicle.

This ubiquitous fleet of 200,000 vehicles has been around longer than such common features of modern life as smartphones, online shopping, social media, streaming services or Google.

On Tuesday the US Postal Service unveiled a contact for its next generation delivery vehicle, or NGDV.

They also will have back-up cameras, front collision warnings, automatic front and rear breaking, blind spot detectors and, to the relief at last of letter carriers come summer, air conditioning.

The vehicles will have more cargo space than current vehicles, allowing USPS to deliver more packages, a growing and profitable part of its business, rather than traditional letters, a segment that's shrinking.

Many but not all of the NGDVs will be electronic vehicles.

With electronic vehicle changing at a fast pace and the vehicles designed to last decades, the contract calls for the electronic versions to able to be retrofitted to keep pace with advances.

The vehicles have also been in the works for years.

Under the contract it will build between 50,000 and 165,000 vehicles over a period of 10 years.

It will initially get $482 million to initiate engineering efforts to finalize the production vehicle design, and for tooling and factory build-out activities that are necessary prior to vehicle production.

The amount of the contract to actually purchase the production version of the vehicles has not yet been set, but it will almost certainly be a multi-billion dollar deal.

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