Australia Post will add 1,000 three-wheeled electric vehicles (eDVs) to its fleet to help cope with the increasing volume of parcels being delivered across Australia.
Australia Post began trialling the vehicles in 2017 and has since deployed them in all states. The new order will make AusPost the nation’s largest electric vehicle fleet operator.
Group chief operating officer, Bob Black, said the 1,000 eDVs boost its existing fleet of electric postie vehicles – including electric bicycles – and creates a range of benefits for posties, customers and the environment.
“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,” Black said.
“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.”
December was the busiest month in Australia Post’s history, delivering more than 40 million parcels around the Christmas and Boxing Day periods.
Deployment of the additional 1,000 vehicles is expected to start from June across all states.
“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,” Black said.
“They will also help us achieve our commitment of reducing our carbon emissions by 25 per cent by 2020.”
AusPost also plans to roll out an additional 4,000 electric pushbikes, bringing its total to 5,980 over the next three years.