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USPS almost goes electric with next-gen delivery vehicle

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February 24, 2021
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February 24, 2021
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Six years after first soliciting designs for a next-generation mail truck, the U.S. Post Service (USPS) has announced that it selected defense contractor Oshkosh to build its next-generation delivery vehicle. Despite the current Biden administration calling for the national vehicle fleet to transition to electric – which the more than 200,000 USPS vehicles make up a third of – both combustion-engined and electric powertrains will be used. The slow average speeds and high rate of stopping and starting also benefit electric powertrains, and clients should expect a majority of vehicles to use electric powertrains when they enter the fleet in 2023.

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