Australia Post has introduced 182 new three-wheeled electric delivery vehicles (eDVs) in Queensland to help deliver parcels more sustainably. The vehicles have the capacity to carry more than 100 small parcels and up to 1,200 letters.
The project is part of a wider national deployment of 1,961 electric delivery vehicles. Australia Post already has more than 150 electric vehicles in operation and will roll out a further 961 by February 2020.
Angela Creedon, Australia Post’s general manager of deliveries in Queensland, said the new vehicles are a timely addition in the lead up to an expected record-breaking Christmas: “Our eDVs can carry three times more than our traditional postie motorbike, and that extra capacity will come in handy as we approach Christmas.”
According to Creedon, along with added capacity the vehicles come with added safety features: “These vehicles are more visible, more stable, have increased rider protection and lower on-road speeds, all of which makes our posties safer.
“We have made modifications such as adding an overhead canopy, dash cams, a hydraulic seat, speed limiters, engine immobilizers and automatic storage locking systems, based on feedback from posties.”