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The primary fleet of vehicles — dating to — was due to be replaced under a new contract but the winning bid for the new trucks is being challenged.
That means the delivery of new trucks set for could be delayed. More than of the current vehicles have caught fire. The Grumman Long Life Vehicle delivered on its name. They went into service from to with a promise of a year service life.
The oldest of them have survived about 34 years of grueling use on the daily mail routes from snowy Maine to sunny California.
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Missing are modern safety features like airbags and anti-lock brakes. Even worse is the lack of air conditioning that allows temperatures to soar to dangerous levels inside the vehicles on hot summer days. A postal worker died from a heat stroke earlier this summer during a heat wave in California.
Fires have become a frequent hazard. The Postal Times keeps a running tally along with photos on its website. There were 19 of them so far this year, including five in July. In Florida, Kathleen Shunstrom witnessed one of them going up in flames. The carrier noticed her vehicle was smoking after delivering a package. By the time someone dialedit had burst into flames.
No one was hurt. The U. Postal Service has more thanvehicles. Wisconsin-based Oshkosh Defense won the bid in February for the Next Generation Delivery Vehicle with the first deliveries set for late The trucks are also taller to make it easier for postal carriers to grab packages and parcels that have been making up a far greater portion of their deliveries, even before the pandemic. But a losing bidder, an Ohio company called Workhorse Group, challenged the fairness of the decision in June.
For now, Oshkosh is continuing to get started even as the challenge plays out. Oshkosh Defense, which proposed a mix of gas and electric trucks, and Workhorse, which proposed an all-electric fleet, declined comment. In Portland, Graham knows his vehicle fairly well. The rear-wheel drive vehicles spin around in icy conditions, so he knows to be careful. They reek of exhaust fumes. The transmission sometimes slips out of gear.
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But the big complaint now, in the summer, is the heat. Graham said that during the summer he throws his lunch on the dashboard at mid-morning.
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