Mahindra on US shortlist for developing next generation delivery vehicle
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Mumbai: Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd on Monday said it is one among the six vehicle manufacturers that has been selected by the United States Postal Service (USPS) to deliver the NGDV (next generation delivery vehicle) prototype vehicles for testing and evaluation. It is the result of a competitive request for proposal (RFP) issued in October, 2015, it said. The awardees will have approximately 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.
“We are excited to be part of the USPS NGDV prototype program. The USPS has recognized 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,” Anand Mahindra, chairman, Mahindra Group, said in the statement.
Rick Haas, president and chief operating officer at Michigan-based Mahindra North America Technical Centre (MNATC), said the USPS is looking for a modern, safe and efficient vehicle to meet their daily delivery and operational needs. “We’ve spent thousands of hours ensuring this proposal will optimize 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 said.