- 1 February 2019
- Transport / Logistics Services
Australia Post has announced plans to add nearly 6,000 electric vehicles to its delivery fleet in the next three years.
One thousand electric drive three wheeler delivery vehicles (eDVs) have been put on order after a successful trial in 2017. Additionally over the next three years Australia Post is to roll out 4,000 e-cargo-bikes, taking its e-fleet to 5980 vehicles.
Australia Post Group Chief Operating Officer, Bob Black, said: “The 1,000 eDVs boost its existing fleet of electric postie vehicles – including electric pushbikes – and creates a range of benefits for posties, customers and the environment.”
“We are proud to soon be operating Australia’s largest fleet of electric vehicles, and hope this will set the standard across Australia,” Mr Black said.
“With parcel volumes growing – on average, close to 10 % each year for the last three years – and letter volumes declining, we’re always looking for ways to ensure our posties continue to play an important and sustainable role in the community.
“These vehicles offer additional carrying capacity, so our posties can deliver more parcels than ever before directly to the customer’s door – and can perform additional functions, such as collecting mail from street posting boxes.”
Along with delivery benefits, Mr Black said the electric vehicles also offer added safety and environmental protections.
“The eDVs are safer than the traditional motorcycle. They are easier to see on the road, more stable, have increased rider protection and lower on-road speeds, all of which reduce a postie’s exposure to incidents and serious accidents.
“Our posties love the eDVs because they demonstrate our commitment to providing safer and more sustainable employment into the future, given consumers are sending fewer letters and relying more and more on their postie to deliver their parcels.
“They will also help us achieve our commitment of reducing our carbon emissions by 25% by 2020.”
The first Australia Post eDVs are expected to hit the road in June this year.