The U.S. Postal Service has new Next Generation Delivery Vehicles in the works. The high-tech vehicles are due to begin appearing on routes in 2023.
The U.S. Postal Service will finally get new high-tech mail delivery trucks. 
The agency said Tuesday that it awarded a 10-year multi-billion dollar contract to Wisconsin-based Oshkosh Defense to replace it’s aging fleet of vehicles.
The new fleet will replace and expand the existing more than 230,000 vehicles among them approximately 190,000 delivery trucks including many that have been in service for 30 years.
The deal calls for the postal service to order between 50,000 to 165,000 new delivery trucks featuring 360-degree cameras, advanced braking, with front- and rear-collision avoidance system that includes visual, audio warning and automatic braking.
The U.S. Postal Service has awarded a 10-year contract to Oshkosh Defense to manufacture its Next Generation Delivery Vehicles.
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The vehicles will also be a combination of battery-electric and internal combustion-powered which will be retrofitted to meet the latest advances in electric vehicle technology.
The deal includes an initial $482 million investment from USPS to Oshkosh to finalize the design, testing and required tooling of Next Generation Delivery Vehicles (NGDV). The first installment will also help create a new assembly plant to build the trucks, the postal service said.
Back of the truck.
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The announcement comes at a time when the USPS in in heavy competition with the likes of FedEx, UPS and Amazon for package deliveries.
The vehicles will be equipped with either fuel-efficient internal combustion engines or battery electric powertrains.
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“Our fleet modernization also reflects the Postal Services commitment to a more environmentally sustainable mix of vehicles,” said USPS Postmaster General Louis DeJoy in a press release. “Because we operate one of the largest civilian government fleets in the world, we are committed to pursuing near-term and long-term opportunities to reduce our impact on the environment.”
The high-tech delivery trucks could begin appearing on mail routes as soon as 2023.
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