Go Back   Team-BHP > BHP India > Commercial Vehicles


Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 12th October 2016, 11:07   #1
Senior - BHPian
 
dZired's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: Jaipur
Posts: 1,727
Thanked: 7,468 Times
Default Mahindra shortlisted to develop US Post delivery vehicle. EDIT: Bags prototype contract

Mahindra & Mahindra has been shortlisted by the US Postal Service to develop a Next-Gen Delivery Vehicle (NGDV) prototype. The Indian automaker is amongst six global manufacturers that have made it to the final shortlist.

Mahindra had filed for a proposal for the said prototype contract in October 2015. The US Postal Services (USPS) has now given one year for the six shortlisted firms to develop and present their final prototypes. These prototypes will then be tested and analysed by USPS, before giving out future vehicle production contracts.

The engineering and design team behind the NGDV Prototype project is based out of Mahindra's North American Technical Center in Michigan. This Center has dedicatedly been assigned the role of innovating, designing and developing new products for the US market.

Link to Team-BHP News

Last edited by dZired : 12th October 2016 at 11:10.
dZired is offline   (6) Thanks Reply With Quote
Old 12th October 2016, 11:17   #2
Newbie
 
Join Date: Mar 2016
Location: Margao (Goa)
Posts: 15
Thanked: 14 Times
Default re: Mahindra shortlisted to develop US Post delivery vehicle. EDIT: Bags prototype contract

Wow. That's really great news and will definitely be a boost for the Make in India initiative. Have seen so many Hollywood movies with the iconic postal delivery van in it. Its exciting to think that may be replaced by a Mahindra some day. Kudos to Mahindra! :
medicineman1987 is offline   (1) Thanks Reply With Quote
Old 12th October 2016, 11:43   #3
BHPian
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Bombay
Posts: 607
Thanked: 653 Times
Default re: Mahindra shortlisted to develop US Post delivery vehicle. EDIT: Bags prototype contract

USPS postal vehicles are right-hand drives unlike the rest of the cars sold in the US. This is so that it is easier for them to open up mailboxes and drop the mail right in the mailboxes in suburban Americana. This should make is even better for Mahindra - they don't have to change assembly lines or anything.
invidious is offline   (7) Thanks Reply With Quote
Old 12th October 2016, 12:44   #4
Newbie
 
Join Date: Mar 2016
Location: Margao (Goa)
Posts: 15
Thanked: 14 Times
Default re: Mahindra shortlisted to develop US Post delivery vehicle. EDIT: Bags prototype contract

Quote:
Originally Posted by invidious View Post
USPS postal vehicles are right-hand drives unlike the rest of the cars sold in the US. This is so that it is easier for them to open up mailboxes and drop the mail right in the mailboxes in suburban Americana. This should make is even better for Mahindra - they don't have to change assembly lines or anything.
Thanks for the information. Was totally unaware of this and never noticed the RHD configuration. A quick read on Wikipedia confirmed your info. Apparently this dropping off of the letters directly into the curbside mailboxes is referred to as mounted delivery.
medicineman1987 is offline   (2) Thanks Reply With Quote
Old 13th October 2016, 13:46   #5
GTO
Team-BHP Support
 
GTO's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: Bombay
Posts: 47,508
Thanked: 87,554 Times
Default re: Mahindra shortlisted to develop US Post delivery vehicle. EDIT: Bags prototype contract

Pleasantly surprised that Mahindra made it to the shortlist ! Well done. I'm sure Mahindra's expertise in EVs (thanks to Reva) was a contributor. I think EVs are best suited to the kind of work that USPS vehicles do.

That said, I don't think there's any chance of an agency of the US Govt choosing an India-owned company. Will be a political disaster. Still, quite an achievement for Mahindra to get where they have.

Quote:
Originally Posted by medicineman1987 View Post
A quick read on Wikipedia confirmed your info.
Here's another interesting read - link (Why UPS Trucks don't turn left).
GTO is offline   (2) Thanks Reply With Quote
Old 13th October 2016, 19:42   #6
BHPian
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Bangalore
Posts: 104
Thanked: 82 Times
Default re: Mahindra shortlisted to develop US Post delivery vehicle. EDIT: Bags prototype contract

While the original boxy mail truck was made by Grumman, these were being replaced by Chrysler vehicles based on the Town and Country minivan. Interesting to note that our home grown Mahindra is now getting a chance to bid for a slice of the US postal service pie.

Also apparently the mail trucks just do about 20 miles (32 kms) a day and hence EV's appear to be a good option.

Found this interesting info-graphic - its long but tells the story of the mail truck.


Pic courtesy - http://www.greatbusinessschools.org/...-life-vehicle/
Attached Thumbnails
Mahindra shortlisted to develop US Post delivery vehicle. EDIT: Bags prototype contract-uspsllvs.jpg  


Last edited by GTO : 14th October 2016 at 11:08. Reason: Typo
vikramk is offline   (3) Thanks Reply With Quote
Old 31st July 2017, 11:07   #7
BHPian
 
TusharK's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2017
Location: Pune
Posts: 288
Thanked: 2,193 Times
Default Mahindra bags prototype contract for US postal delivery vehicles

Mahindra has bagged a $11 million prototype contract from the US Govt. for next-gen postal delivery vehicles. Mahindra Automotive North America will deliver 14 prototypes for approval by November, 2017.

According to media reports, the prototypes will be built in Detroit and will be delivered for road-testing in two phases. The first batch of eight prototypes will be delivered in September and the remaining six by November. If approved, Mahindra will have to build 1.8 lakh vehicles over a six year period. The price of each vehicle is expected to be around $35,000 and also a maintenance and repair contract will be awarded.

Four other manufacturers - AM General, VT Hackney, Oshkosh Corporation and Turkish commercial vehicles manufacturer Karsan are also in the race for the $6 billion order.

Mahindra was shortlisted to develop a Next-Gen Delivery Vehicle for the US Postal Service in 2016. Proposals from six manufacturers were shortlisted and were asked to develop prototypes within a year. The project is being handled by Mahindra's North American Technical Center in Michigan.

Source: ET Auto

Link to Team-BHP News
TusharK is offline   (1) Thanks Reply With Quote
Old 11th October 2017, 07:06   #8
BHPian
 
Join Date: Jan 2014
Location: Pune
Posts: 65
Thanked: 48 Times
Default Next USPS mail delivery truck could be a Mahindra

If news reports are to be believed, Mahindra has shown interest in supplying mail delivery trucks to USPS . The proposed vehicle is going to be based on the Genio truck.

Link:
http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/201...cle-prototype/
thehighwayman is offline   (4) Thanks Reply With Quote
Old 27th October 2017, 13:59   #9
BHPian
 
sathya.bhat's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2015
Location: KA03/KA19/KA01
Posts: 95
Thanked: 154 Times
Default Re: Mahindra shortlisted to develop US Post delivery vehicle. EDIT: Bags prototype contract

Some more information on this mail truck has been spotted by Jalopnik here.

Quoting from the article,
"I think itís Mahindraís because of the proportions and those steel wheels, which I believe are ones Mahindra uses. Thereís some other circumstantial factors as well, but I canít expand on those"
"For U.S. Post Office duty, Mahindra is planning to use the mild-hybrid drivetrain from the Chevy Colorado pickup, which is, of course, already compliant to American emissions laws."

Mahindra shortlisted to develop US Post delivery vehicle. EDIT: Bags prototype contract-capture.png

"The mail truck we see here seems to be a pretty evolutionary design from the LLV. Itís got a very tall greenhouse and a massive, flat windshield, a roomy-looking cargo box area, and some of the most massive, cushiony-looking bumpers Iíve seen on anything since those 1970s experimental safety cars. The lighting looks like off-the-shelf LED units"
sathya.bhat is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 5th November 2017, 18:21   #10
Senior - BHPian
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: --
Posts: 9,936
Thanked: 15,262 Times
Default Re: Mahindra shortlisted to develop US Post delivery vehicle. EDIT: Bags prototype contract

Mahindra US Postal Service prototype spotted testing.

Quote:
Mahindra’s proposal for NGDV prototypes for the USPS was led by south-east Michigan-based Mahindra North American Technical Center (MNATC). The proposal submitted by MNATC stressed upon the safety, ergonomics and fuel economy of the vehicle which will be developed from ground-up. The truck will be powered by a 2.5-litre four-cylinder turbodiesel motor. It might also get a mild hybrid powertrain along with both two- and four-wheel drive layout.
Name:  MahindraVoyagerExterior111287.jpg
Views: 481
Size:  31.4 KB
Name:  MahindraVoyagerExterior111288.jpg
Views: 481
Size:  51.1 KB
Name:  MahindraVoyagerExterior111289.jpg
Views: 476
Size:  50.4 KB
Name:  MahindraVoyagerExterior111290.jpg
Views: 485
Size:  57.5 KB
Name:  MahindraVoyagerExterior111291.jpg
Views: 479
Size:  39.2 KB

link

Last edited by volkman10 : 5th November 2017 at 18:35.
volkman10 is offline   (4) Thanks Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
IT - Contract to Hire / Contract 2 hire jobs ? Beware.. Don't even think about it. heavy_foot Shifting gears 44 5th August 2017 11:56
Ashok Leyland bags 3,600 vehicle order worth $200 million from CŰte díIvoire a4anurag Commercial Vehicles 1 28th November 2015 13:39
Aditya Patel signs 3 Year Contract with Audi. EDIT: Won the 24 hours of NŁrburgring! jalsa777 Int'l Motorsport 10 24th May 2012 17:01
TATA Safari GX Delivery period/should I chuck it? (EDIT: Now post delivery issues!) vivek.singh.73 The Indian Car Scene 108 27th July 2009 22:09
Mahindra to develop an automatic transmission for Scorpio EDIT: Pictures on Page 2 dadu The Indian Car Scene 64 19th June 2008 13:04


All times are GMT +5.5. The time now is 01:51.

Copyright ©2000 - 2017, Team-BHP.com
Proudly powered by E2E Networks