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Could this be the new USPS truck?

We've already posted a few spy shots of different companies' ideas for the new United States Postal Service mail truck. One of the six companies that were awarded prototype-building contracts is the Indian Mahindra, which is eager to gain a foothold in the U.S. no matter what the niche. Now, Mahindra's mail truck prototype has been spied testing on Ohio roads.

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It's built by VT Hackney and Workhorse

The U.S. Postal Service is currently looking for a replacement for the venerable Grumman LLV delivery truck. We've seen two possible replacements, one from Karsan, and another from OshKosh. There are four other companies that have prototypes under consideration, too, including AM General, Utilimaster, Mahindra, and VT Hackney. Now the prototype from VT Hackney has finally been spied, and it looks pretty interesting.

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This one was made by Oshkosh

USPS makes its decision later this year.

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USPS will decide later this year

It's definitely bigger.

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Here's a tough sell on eBay: an old electric postal delivery van that only gets eight miles of range. It could go up to 40 miles on a charge, but that would cost about $1,600 for a new battery on top of the $2,400 asking price.

The United States Congress has yet to pass any of the proposed appropriations that would fund a massive electrification drive by the U.S. Postal Service. Nonetheless, the post office is moving ahead with a test program in Washington, D.C. that will see some of the ubiquitous white boxes be converted to battery power.

A month ago Rep. Jose E. Serrano (D-NY) introduced a bill in the U.S. house of representatives that if passed would provide up to $2 billion to the United States Postal Service (USPS) for vehicle electrification. The money would be used to convert up to 15 percent of the agency's 142,000 vehicle fleet to plug-in capability.

Chrysler U.S. Postal Service Minivan - Click above for high-res gallery