New Zealand Post is making a significant investment in its parcel and mail business with the addition of new Paxster electric delivery vehicles to its fleet.
A total of $15m has been set aside for the purchase of the fully electric vehicles over the next two years from Norwegian manufacturers Paxster AS. The first shipment of 50 Paxsters is due to arrive in mid¬2016.
The four-wheeled battery powered vehicles will be used for the combined delivery of parcels and mail in residential areas in larger centres nationwide, appearing in parts of Auckland later this year.
The four-wheeled vehicles carry loads of up to 200kg but are still small enough to be used on the footpath. They have been part of a successful pilot of combined parcel and mail delivery in Taranaki and have been tested in road trials in Auckland and Wellington.
Dawn Baggaley, Corporate Sustainability Manager at NZ Post, says “This is a significant investment in alternative technology and New Zealand Post will arguably be the biggest user of road legal electric vehicles in the country.”
Dawn says New Zealand Post has ambitious greenhouse gas reduction goals through to 2020 and the investment in the eco¬vehicles will support the company reaching those targets.
“The electric vehicles will complement many of the other initiatives New Zealand Post is undertaking to reduce our footprint such as using Z Energy biofuel once it is available,” she says.
“Another advantage of the Paxster is that it is custom designed for efficient and low impact delivery, and our staff will be using vehicles specifically built for their jobs”.
The Paxster won an Honours Award for Innovation Excellence given by the Norwegian Design Council in 2013.
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