New Zealand Post to purchase five electric vans to encourage further uptake

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New Zealand Post has announced that it will purchase 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 depots and delivery branches at different locations around the country. The post will purchase the vans with assistance from the New Zealand government’s Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA) Low Emission Vehicles Contestable Fund.

Sam Bridgman, sustainability specialist, New Zealand Post, said, “We would like to thank the EECA in helping us with this funding. In addition to our other low carbon initiatives, these vehicles will help us develop new ways to reduce the carbon footprint of the mail we deliver.”

New Zealand Post has more than 1,000 vans in operation and already has the largest roadworthy electric vehicle fleet in the country with the electric Paxster delivery vehicles.

August 21, 2017

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