USPS testing Next Generation Delivery Vehicle Prototype in Arizona, Detroit and Northern Virginia

According to NALC….
NALC received an update from USPS regarding the progress of the development of the next generation delivery vehicle (NGDV), the new right-hand drive delivery vehicle that will eventually replace the current aging fleet. Currently, five manufacturers previously selected by USPS are creating prototype vehicles that meet certain specifications required by the Postal Service. USPS officials meet monthly with these manufacturers, each of which will produce two to three configurations of a prototype vehicle to be delivered in September.

After the prototype vehicles are delivered, they will be subjected to extensive lab testing to examine their soundness and durability. They will then be sent to delivery units for field testing by city letter carriers. Test sites in Arizona, Detroit and Northern Virginia have already been selected.

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On a three-week rotating basis, these vehicles will be utilized in these diverse weather environments. The testing will last for six months and will focus on each prototype’s comfort, usability, functionality, etc.

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After the tests have been completed, a vehicle manufacturer will be selected and plans for production and delivery of the NGDV will begin. At this time, it is expected the first vehicles will begin being deployed to delivery units between January and March 2020. Letter carriers will play a crucial role in the testing and selection process of our future right-hand drive delivery vehicle.

 

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18 thoughts on “USPS testing Next Generation Delivery Vehicle Prototype in Arizona, Detroit and Northern Virginia

  1. It’s unfortunate that whatever group picking these vehicles does NOT have the ability to understand that once the fleet is complete, the company you choose will conveniently go out of business then come back under a different name. This will free them of any liability to keep this lego junk together.

    USPS NEEDs TO PURCHASE VEHICLES FROM A LEGITAMITE MANUFACTURER!!! Like Ford, GM, Toyota, Honda, Nissan, ETC…. You will have support, training, and PARTS in the future which you will NOT get dealing with these fly-by-night retrofitters.

    Purchase a vehicle already being manufactured and on the road. Customize it for mail delivery and move on. Track record on that vehicle is established. NO need for testing. Parts are readily available and will be for at least 10-15 years. Meets all current safety standards. It will most likely be cheaper than these junkers. So simple a caveman can do it.

    I guess like all things Postal…Overcomplicate a walk from point A to point B.

  2. The LLV is defintely obsolete, but an affordable replacement is a tough putt. Hard to see how even this simple little guy can fit the $25-35k/each budget.

  3. The seat in the second picture is a supervisor seat on the left hand side. That will be the first thing to go.

  4. Why don’t they use it in North Dakota or Alaska, that would be the real acid test for cold weather.

  5. Made it taller to stand. The wheel wells will take away from storage as well. Surely no carrier input

  6. The new trucks should have air conditioning, c. d. player, four wheel drive,and room for coffee. However we know the trucks will only have GPS so the carrier can be followed. Only the stupidvisors can be trusted to work all day.

    • Couldn’t have said it better. Look at the junk pro masters that someone signed off on, they’re at the dealer for repair longer than there on the road. Come on guys, get someone besides pencil pushers to make the big decisions…

  7. Not big enough! All Wheel Drive? Comfortable? Will you please get someone on this planned vehicle that has many years of experience, delivering mail and huge volumes of parcels and not sitting behind a desk!!! Do not spend millions on a worthless delivery vehicle!

  8. Cargo area way too small. That design won’t hold 25 packages, let alone the 50 -60 we average during non-peak.

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