New Zealand Post to trial new delivery vehicles

28 March 2014

New Zealand Post will begin trialling two new delivery vehicles next week.

As the needs of customers change, it makes sense to look at using different types of vehicles that are smaller than a van, but can carry more than a bicycle.

The number of letters being sent by mail continues to fall as New Zealanders switch to using email, while the volume of parcels being delivered to people's homes is increasing with the rise in online shopping.

"We know our customers are changing the way they communicate and do business, and we need to change with them," said Mail and Communications Chief Operating Officer, Ashley Smout.

"The New Zealand Post Group is responding to the challenge of building a strong business for the future. As part of that, we are in the early stages of testing new vehicles and whether they might be useful additions to our fleet.

"The Kyburz and Paxster are the first vehicles we will trial. They are already used successfully by some postal operators in Europe, including Norway which has comparable geography to New Zealand," said Mr Smout.

"Mid-range vehicles like these combine the best features of a postie's bicycle and a CourierPost van, in that they are nimble enough to get to people's letter boxes, and can carry bulkier parcels.

"The trial will help us compare the Kyburz and Paxster with vehicles already used by Post. We want to see how suitable they are for the mix of mail and parcels we will carry in the future, and how well they cope with the New Zealand terrain."

The three-wheeled Kyburz vehicle is battery powered and can carry a load of up to 120 kg. The four-wheeled Paxster is also battery powered, and can carry a load of up to 200 kg. That's considerably more than a bicycle (23 kg) or motorbike (27 kg).

The street trials will be run for a few months on delivery routes in Lower Hutt starting on March 31.