Mahindra has announced that the United States Postal Service (USPS) has selected it to deliver NGDV prototype vehicles for testing as the result of a competitive Request for Proposal (RFP) issued in October 2015. Mahindra is one of the six vehicle manufacturers USPS has selected to produce prototypes for testing and evaluation. Each manufacturer will have approximately one year to design and deliver their prototypes. Production requirements and future vehicle replacement awards will be determined by USPS after NGDV prototype testing. The Mahindra prototypes, claim sources, will be based on one of the company’s newest and most modern 4WD pick-up truck platforms (with the option of electric propulsion). While the USPS is known to use sturdy vehicles with 4WD capabilities to deliver mail to remote backyards of the vast country, Mahindra, which begun its journey in 1948 by building Willys CJ3 CKD kits under license from Willys Overland Corporation, approached USPS through its Southeast Michigan-based Mahindra North American Technical Center (MNATC). MNATC is a comprehensive automotive design, engineering and vehicle development centre. Established in 2013, it has a team of designers and engineers that work with affiliate Mahindra automotive teams in India, Korea and Italy.


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