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Old 12th October 2016, 11:07   #1
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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.

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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! :
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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.
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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.
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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.

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A quick read on Wikipedia confirmed your info.
Here's another interesting read - link (Why UPS Trucks don't turn left).
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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/
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