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USPS selects Oshkosh Defense to build greener mail truck

Posted at 8:30 PM, Feb 23, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-23 21:30:59-05

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Postal Service says it has chosen Oshkosh Defense to build its next-generation mail-delivery vehicle.

It's part of an effort to make the USPS more environmentally friendly by switching a portion of its massive fleet to electric vehicles.

Wisconsin-based Oshkosh Defense will assemble 50,000 to 165,000 of the new Next Generation Delivery Vehicles at its existing U.S. manufacturing facilities. Oshkosh will get an initial $482 million in the contract, which the USPS described as the first part of a multibillion-dollar 10-year effort to replace its delivery vehicle fleet.

It's a big miss for the electric-vehicle startup Workhorse Group, which put in an all-electric bid for the vehicles. Workhorse's stock fell more than 47%.

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