Electric vehicles powering deliveries

We are working on a number of innovative new services to make our deliveries more competitive, efficient and eco-friendly.

Electric vehicles powering deliveries

We are working on a number of innovative new services to make our deliveries more competitive, efficient and eco-friendly.

Our own fleet

Our target is to have 100% of our owned vehicles electric by 2025. This includes our passenger cars and delivery branch vans, large and small. Currently we are piloting 16 vehicles, before implementing a broader roll out in 2020.

Our Paxsters

Our owned delivery fleet already includes over 400 electric vehicles – The Paxsters. Paxsters provide more flexibility and deliver a full range of mail, from letters to bulky parcels.

The use of the electric Paxsters has allowed us to add capacity into our network, with minimal increases in emissions compared to if we had used a traditional van fleet. They have minimised the carbon emissions, pollutants and noise associated with delivery whilst still increasing delivery capacity. They are extremely efficient, requiring a charge of only 8.4kWh per day (on average). This complements many of the other initiatives we are undertaking to reduce our footprint, such as being an early supporter of using Z Energy biofuel.

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.

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, have been tested in road trials in Auckland and Wellington, and are already used by postal operators in Europe.

Another advantage of the Paxster is that it is custom designed for efficient delivery, and our staff will be using vehicles specifically built for their jobs.

They have also been designed with recycling in mind, so when they come to the end of their life, the plastic, aluminium and steel components, and batteries can all be easily separated and recycled.

The Paxsters were finalists at the 2017 Green Ribbon Awards and the 2017 NZ Sustainable Business Network Awards and won an Honours Award for Innovation Excellence given by the Norwegian Design Council in 2013.

Electric vans

Electric vans (EVs) are very important to lowering carbon emissions from the delivery network. In order to accelerate their uptake, we have announced a revolutionary commitment to partially fund EVs for our delivery contractors through the launch of our NZ Post Electric Vehicle Incentive Programme in July 2020.

The Programme offers our contractors financial support to help them invest in EVs with a contribution from the business to the upfront cost of purchase. Approximately $500,000 worth of funding will be available each year from our Decarbonisation Fund until 25% of our contractor fleet are in EVs.

Lowering the cost of EV ownership for our drivers enables them to change from petrol/diesel vans and will help us meet our goal of being carbon neutral from 2030. Further information about this internal programme can be found here

We have also been piloting EVs in our fleet. With assistance from EECA’s Low Emissions Vehicles Contestable Fund, New Zealand Post purchased five EVs to assess their suitability for use in the courier fleet. The vehicles have allowed courier drivers to see for themselves what it is like to drive an EV, so that they can consider purchasing or leasing their own. So far, the results have been impressive with drivers rating the new vans 8.5/10!

We’re also working with delivery contractors who are pioneering the move to EVs, such as Grant Bagshaw in Kati Kati. He approached us with the idea of swapping out three of his old vehicles for new electric delivery vans. So, we jumped on board, helping write an application to EECA for co-funding and providing charging stations at his depot to keep his new electric van delivery fleet rolling. Many parcels will now be delivered in vans that emit zero carbon.

We’re planning to share learnings from the Katikati EV trial with the rest of our fleet later this year. If a small number of people can make such a significant impact, imagine what we can achieve together.

Electric chargers

With the support of EECA, we have been piloting electric vans and cars and putting in place charging infrastructure to support them. We want to share what we have learnt and help more businesses place EVs into their own fleet.

If you are thinking about installing EV chargers – use our quick guide to help you assess costs before you start.