New Zealand Post investing $15 million for electric delivery vehicles
A total of $15m has been set aside for the purchase of the vehicles over the next two years from Norwegian manufacturers Paxster AS with the first shipment of 50 Paxsters 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 starting 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.
The vehicles will be used in areas where the terrain is suitable and where permission has been granted by the local council. New Zealand Post is now working with staff and unions on detailed plans for the national rollout. ■