New Zealand Post pushes electric vehicle programme

New Zealand Post is increasingly using electric vehicles (EVs) for its PACE network. As a result the postal operator says it is “delivering even more sustainability per parcel”.

In a statement, New Zealand Post reported that Vishal Kumar Sami, a PACE contractor, has obtained two Nissan e-NV200 vans.

“For the last couple of weeks, I have been testing and learning how to get the most efficiency from them. You have to be more mindful of how you drive especially when and where to charge, as there aren’t many charging stations available yet However, the payoff with massively reduced fuel costs and Road User Charges will be worth the effort,” said Vishal Kumar Sami.

New Zealand Post added: “The vehicles complement a growing electric vehicle fleet at New Zealand Post. We already have the largest electric vehicle fleet in the country with hundreds of Paxsters due to be rolled out. This, in addition to other low carbon initiatives, will help reduce the carbon footprint of every parcel delivered. Not only does this reduce our environmental impact, but also that of our customers.”

New Zealand Post started using electric vehicles in 2011 with the trial of the Mitsubishi I-MiEV. The logistics industry is one of the most carbon intensive in many inner cities around the world, and moves to address carbon emissions is one that will benefit the industry as a whole while allowing pollution to fall in inner city areas.  
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