Mahindra & Mahindra today said it is among six manufacturers shortlisted by the United States Postal Service (USPS) for next generation delivery Vehicle (NGDV) prototype.
The company has been selected by the USPS for NGDV prototype for testing as a result of a competitive Request for Proposal (RFP) issued in October last year, M&M said in a statement.
The awardees will have around one year from contract award to design and deliver their prototypes. Production requirements and future vehicle replacement awards will be determined by USPS after NGDV Prototype testing.
“The USPS has recognised Mahindra’s engineering proposal and selected us for vehicle development and prototype delivery. This is a strategic development in Mahindra’s ambition to become a global mobility player,” Mahindra Group Chairman Anand Mahindra said in a statement.
Mahindra’s engineering and design proposal was led by its Southeast Michigan-based Mahindra North American Technical Center (MNATC).
Headquartered in Troy, Michigan, MNATC has leveraged the significant pool of automotive engineering talent that thrives in the Detroit area to create innovative vehicle designs for the US market.
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“The USPS is looking for a modern, safe and efficient vehicle to meet their daily delivery and operational needs,” MNATC President and COO Rick Haas said.
“Our team has significant global experience engineering some of the best trucks ever produced. We’ve spent thousands of hours ensuring this proposal will optimise driver and pedestrian safety and provide the USPS with a modern and reliable vehicle architecture that can easily adapt to a broad variety of future scenarios,” he added.