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10 Vehicles the USPS Should Consider in the Search for New Mail Trucks

Motor Trend Logo Motor Trend | Slide 1 of 11: Although the USPS has specific NGDV requirements for everything from mail stowage volume (155 cubic feet) and ground clearance (7.3 inches) to payload capacity (minimum of 1,500 pounds), ultimately, the vehicle also needs to be incredibly durable, with the body having a 20-year design life, and especially considering some current mail trucks average over 600 start-stops a day.

10 Vehicles the USPS Should Consider in the Search for New Mail Trucks

The U.S. Postal Service is looking for a new mail truck to replace the old Long Life Vehicle (LLV) on streets all over the country. What, that doesn't make you take notice? Well try this: The USPS' investment in Next Generation Delivery Vehicles (NGDVs) could amount to an eye-popping $6.3 billion, with up to 180,000 NGDVs purchased at a price of $25,000 to $35,000 each.

Although the USPS has specific NGDV requirements for everything from mail stowage volume (155 cubic feet) and ground clearance (7.3 inches) to payload capacity (minimum of 1,500 pounds), ultimately, the vehicle also needs to be incredibly durable, with the body having a 20-year design life, and especially considering some current mail trucks average over 600 start-stops a day.

True, the USPS says the NGDV must have right-hand steering, but we're going to relax that, and, well, most other requirements in our search for a new mail vehicle — some awesome, others more practical. Which of the following fantasy NGDVs would make you want to be a mail carrier?

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