Australia Post has bought another 1,000 electric three-wheelers, making them the nation’s largest electric vehicle fleet operator. They also ordered an additional 4,000 pedal-assist bikes. Delivery is planned over the next three years and to begin this June.
The Australia Post began testing electric delivery vehicles back in 2017, and have expanded the electric operation to all Australian states. From the current 1,000 electric vehicles running, the Australia Post will expand their fleet to a total of 5,980 electric vehicles over the next three years, cementing their position as the largest EV fleet operator in Down Under.
Going electric is part of their ecological planning, as Bob Black, Australia Post’s COO states, “they will also help us achieve our commitment of reducing our carbon emissions by 25 % by 2020.”
An interesting factor to note in the planning is the notion that parcel shipping has increased over the recent years, while letter delivery is on the drop. This means that delivery vehicles also face different challenges than they did a few years ago. Adds Mr Black, “with parcel volumes growing – on average, close to 10 % each year for the last three years – and letter volumes declining, we’re always looking for ways to ensure our posties continue to play an important and sustainable role in the community.”
Deployment of the additional 1,000 electric vehicles is expected to start in June across all states. Along with the additional 1,000 so-called eDVs Australia Post will also roll out 4,000 new electric bikes, bringing its total to 5,980 over the next three years.