Irish postal operator An Post has added the country’s first 7.5-metric ton electric truck to its fleet, making every delivery in Dublin emission free.
The Fuso eCanter has been added to the fleet, with An Post saying every letter and parcel delivered by the national provider in Dublin city center is now emission free. They will be carried by 47 zero-emissions vehicles with an improvement in air quality in the capital city.
Zero-carbon deliveries will be rolled out to Cork, Galway, Kilkenny, Limerick and Waterford by the end of 2020.
An Post has invested €7.5m (US$8.2m) in its fleet of 212 electric vehicles and the number will exceed 900 within two years.
David McRedmond, CEO of An Post, said, “We’ve proven that zero-carbon-emission delivery in a capital city is achievable. If An Post can do this, delivering 100,000 parcels and letters to more than 70,000 premises daily in this area, there is no reason why other companies can’t. Let’s aim for a 100% Green Delivery Zone in Dublin.”
Kate Ruddock, deputy director of Friends of the Earth, said, “We commend An Post for leading the way to become the first postal service in the world to attain zero-carbon-emission delivery status in a capital city. We also commend An Post for rolling out their green delivery zone to other major cities and towns across Ireland while calling on other organizations to do the same, benefitting the health and air quality of the country.”