Postal Service Wrapping Up Testing of New Mail Truck Prototypes

The U.S. Postal Service said it expects to wrap up mail truck prototype testing for its Next Generation Delivery Vehicle program in the coming months and then will seek bids for an estimated $6.3 billion contract to produce the new mail truck.

“Most likely early 2019,” said Kim Frum, a spokesperson for the federal agency, recently.

The Postal Service is testing 50 prototypes from five companies as it looks to replace its aging fleet of Grumman Long Life Vehicles, or LLVs. The old mail trucks lack modern safety features, have poor fuel economy and have been plagued by fires and increasingly expensive repairs. At least six burned up last month.

They were also built to handle mostly letters, not packages, which make up more of today’s mail volume.

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Paul Seevers

I’m a little confused. We were told by our rural union that no vehicles would be ordered and all orders were canceled. Was that only the ones intended to be used on the rural side?

Ruralone

Thats not at sll what we heard at SAC

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