The United States Postal Service said in late December 2019 it plans to order the first of a new fleet of mail delivery trucks this summer. The Dec. 27 announcement offered no details on how the federal agency will finance the purchase of an expected 186,000 vehicles that are estimated to cost more than $6 billion.
“The Postal Service cannot comment on which companies are vying for the NGDV (Next Generation Delivery Vehicles) contract, their potential subcontractors, team members or any other details,” according to a statement from a USPS spokeswoman.
The agency is anxious to replace 140,000 Grumman long-life vehicles that were built between 1987 and 1994. They have outlived their expected service life and reportedly have been increasingly prone to fires.