After a five year search, the United States Postal Service has finally settled on a Wisconsin company, Oshkosh Defense, to replace its run-down fleet of mail delivery trucks. Originally manufactured between 1987 and 1994, the current Grumman LLVs delivering mail across the country have already outlived their expected life spans.
Images from the USPS reveal the planned look of the new trucks:
The new Oshkosh Defense vehicles will be fully equipped with a number of features not available on the current fleet, including airbags, air conditioning, heat, a 360-degree camera, front and rear collision avoidance, automated emergency brake, and will be both battery-electric, as well as low-emission internal-combustion-engine trucks.
Oshkosh Defense will receive an initial $482 million investment from the USPS as they finalize the design of the new fleet, with plans to have the "Next Generation Delivery Vehicle" out delivering the mail by 2023.
Online polls conducted on the appearance of the new trucks has been mixed, with 63% of respondents at Car and Driver magazine calling them "ugly."