America Postal Service is lastly modernizing its fleet of supply vehicles, however the proposed car design is a head scratcher.
It is no secret that the USPS is literally falling apart, and its present fleet of supply automobiles isn’t any exception. Its present vehicles, which have been bought between 1987 and 1994, keep catching fire as they proceed to ship mail many years past what was alleged to be a 24-year life expectancy. Final July, Vice reported that greater than 141,000 of those authentic vehicles are nonetheless in service.
The USPS is no less than updating its fleet with a multi-billion greenback modernization plan that includes revamping its supply vehicles with extra trendy ones over the following decade. On Tuesday, the USPS announced that it awarded a 10-year contract to Oshkosh Protection to “manufacture a brand new technology of U.S.-built postal supply automobiles that may drive probably the most dramatic modernization of the USPS fleet in three many years.”
Coined the Subsequent Technology Supply Car (NGDV), the brand new vehicles shall be geared up with extra fuel-efficient engines and electrical powertrains that may be retrofitted to maintain up with trendy electrical elements. They will additionally embody air con and heating, which many automobiles within the USPS’s present fleet lack, 360-degree cameras, and higher braking and traction management. Oshkosh Protection, which is predicated in Wisconsin, will assemble 50,000 to 165,000 of those NGDVs over the following 10 years, and if every part goes based on plan, these infants shall be on the street by 2023.
“Because the American establishment that binds our nation collectively, the U.S. Postal Service can have a brilliant and trendy future if we make investments right now that place us for excellence tomorrow,” Postmaster Normal and USPS Chief Govt Officer Louis DeJoy mentioned in a press launch. “Our fleet modernization additionally displays the Postal Service’s dedication to a extra environmentally sustainable mixture of automobiles.”
And what does positioning ourselves for excellence appear to be, you might ask?
Apparently like this.
The mock-ups of the cartoonish car observe new options like back-up cameras, air luggage, bumper sensors, extra ergonomic cargo doorways, and blind spot warnings. Whereas actually trendy, the aesthetic decisions made on this car are baffling. It is a duck truck. That is all we are able to say.
Twitter customers have been divided on the brand new supply truck design. Some discovered it absurd. Others adored the quirky, awkward vehicles. Many drew comparisons between the brand new design and automobiles from beloved cartoons.
It is an unpleasant duckling, however I like ugly ducklings. As a rule, authorities and work automobiles ought to have a cool, studio ghibli attraction born of practicality. That is my aesthetic.
— Jonathan Lake (@jlluh) February 23, 2021
Anyway, the longer term is now, and it is clunky as hell.