Australia Post testing e-vehicles in Brisbane

Postal delivery workers at Australia Post are trialling a new, three wheeled electric delivery vehicle in the city of Brisbane.

The new e-vehicle is to operate in Cooparoo, Woolloongabba and East Brisbane over an eight week period. It has three times the parcel carrying capacity of the current postal delivery motorbike – carrying up to 100 small parcels and 1200 letters at a time.

Queensland State Manager Angela Creedon commented: “Our parcels business generates over 70% of our total revenue. Ten years ago parcels contributed less than 25% of our revenue.

“As our business transforms so too are the jobs that our workforce are doing. A few years ago we equipped our posties so they can deliver small parcels and this latest initiative will allow them to deliver even more – helping to ensure their roles remain meaningful well into the future.

“While letter volumes have nearly halved, this is another example of how Australia Post is looking at ways to keep our posties delivering for Australians.”

The pilot comes off the back of Australia Post announcing a $197m before-tax half-year profit – a result which the company said was “driven largely by a 5.7% volume growth in the parcels business and postal losses reduced to breakeven”.

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