A new order for an additional 1,000 three-wheeled electric delivery vehicles (eDVs), by Australia Post, is set to make it the nation’s largest electric vehicle fleet operator.
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 create 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. With parcel volumes growing – on average, close to 10 per cent 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.”Australia Post Group Chief Operating Officer, Bob Black
These vehicles offer additional carrying capacity, so Australia Post 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.
Added Safety and Environmental Protections
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.
Australia Post started trialing eDVs in 2017 and they’ve since deployed them in all states. The company says they have worked closely with their posties to make improvements along the way.
The company is committed to reducing its carbon emissions by 25 percent by 2020. Deployment of the additional 1,000 vehicles is expected to start from June across all states.
Along with the additional 1,000 eDVs Australia Post will also roll out an additional 4,000 electric pushbikes, bringing its total to 5,980 over the next three years.
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