Electric vehicles powering deliveries
We are working on a number of innovative new services to make our deliveries more competitive, efficient and eco-friendly.
This includes using new electric-powered vehicles – the four-wheel battery powered Paxster – to 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 only requiring a charge of 8.4kWh per day (on average). This complements many of the other initiatives we are undertaking to reduce our footprint such 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. Watch the video below to see the Paxster in action.
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. Plus 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.
With assistance from EECA’s Low Emissions Vehicles Contestable Fund, New Zealand Post is purchasing five electric vans to assess their suitability for use in the courier fleet.
The new vehicles will allow courier drivers to see for themselves what it is like to drive an electric van, so that they can consider purchasing or leasing their own. The vans will be used at courier depots and delivery branches at different locations around the country.
This initiative will help towards mainstreaming electric vans in our courier fleet and will help us develop new ways to reduce the carbon footprint of the mail we deliver.
Our first van arrived in May 2018 and is already popular with the drivers who have used it.