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    More: Obvious, United States Postal Service, No. No., closer look, AM General's prototype, Term, short term, Oshkosh Defense, new trucks  
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1656 clicks; posted to Fandom » on 25 Feb 2021 at 3:05 PM (10 weeks ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook

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2021-02-25 3:37:05 PM  
6 votes:

Are they not where you are? Except for the odd stock minivan, most postal vehicles (the LLVs) here have always been right hand drive.

/Something about where they put the mailboxes...
2021-02-25 3:38:25 PM  
4 votes:

Pinner: really low profile hood/front end almost like they would house a horizontally opposed engine or EV set up.

That's exactly what they're doing. From the USPS press release:

The vehicles will be equipped with either fuel-efficient internal combustion engines or battery electric powertrains and can be retrofitted to keep pace with advances in electric vehicle technologies.

Presumably, they'll fit whichever engine type is most appropriate for the location. EV for urban areas and gasoline for rural, for example.
2021-02-25 4:06:48 PM  
3 votes:
Someone pointed out in the article that those babies better have some real good air conditioning, because with that huge windshield, it's going to get hot hot hot in the cab in July and August once the sun hits it.
2021-02-25 3:26:57 PM  
3 votes:
Know what's funny?

I don't care what the mail truck looks like.
2021-02-25 3:21:22 PM  
3 votes:
So weird...
Just this am I was talking to our mail carrier, asked about what they do when they get rid of the mail trucks/vans... figured it would be cool to turn one into a camper. They are all leased.
Anyway, she showed me the pic of the new trucks they're getting. BIG front windows, really low profile hood/front end almost like they would house a horizontally opposed engine or EV set up. RIGHT HAND DRIVE.
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2021-02-25 7:57:00 PM  
2 votes:

Mikey1969: This way any mail carrier short of 6'6" can stand up straight in the cargo area. Looks weird, but makes sense. And the 6'6" is just a guess, maybe they're even taller inside.

That, plus one of the big requirements was being able to handle the large number (and size) of packages that are sent from Amazon, Walmart, etc. The current vehicles weren't designed for nearly the amount of package delivery that USPS does now.  Apparently it's a challenge to fit all of the stuff for a postal worker's route into a single trip anymore, at least without eliminating space for the person to actually easily find and pull out the packages. So the new ones not only have more storage room (for both cargo and driver), but also are easier to organize.
2021-02-25 5:11:05 PM  
2 votes:

IgG4: Is it a rule that US mail trucks have to be ridiculously fugly?

They're purpose-built. It's not supposed to be a sexy vehicle, it's supposed to be a good delivery vehicle. Big, boxy cargo area, big windshield for visibility, low center of gravity for everything but the cargo area. You get a vehicle that can deliver mail in crowded, busy neighborhoods, and won't be in danger of flipping if a driver takes a corner too quickly while fully loaded.
2021-02-25 3:33:07 PM  
2 votes:

Joshudan: Ugh all of those are so ugly. I haven't seen the one they chose yet though so maybe these are better?

It's a vehicle designed for a very specific purpose, it doesn't matter if you think it's ugly. Also, that purpose dictated the design, not the other way around. It works, it's maintainable, it's enclosed, that's all that mattered.
2021-02-25 11:08:37 PM  
1 vote:
I'm predicting that this truck will be the F35 of the post office
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