Australia Post in electric vehicle roll-out


Plans for nearly 2,000 nationwide as Queensland gains dozens

Australia Post in electric vehicle roll-out
The Australia Post eDV

 

Australia Post’s plans to roll out a fleet of electric last-mile delivery vehicles has seen Queensland gain 182 in the lead-up to Christmas.

The new three-wheeled electric delivery vehicles (eDVs) are said to be equipped to carry more than 100 small parcels and up to 1,200 letters and are part of a national deployment of 1,961 eDVs.

According to Australia Post general manager deliveries Queensland Angela Creedon, the new vehicles are a timely addition in the lead up to an expected record-breaking Christmas, as the business continues its support of ecommerce across the country.

"Our eDVs can carry three times more than our traditional postie motorbike, and that extra capacity will come in handy as we approach Christmas," Creedon says.

"We’re currently servicing two of Queensland’s biggest online shopping hotspots, with 55 vehicles delivering to Heathwood and surrounding suburbs – with that number to grow to 160 – and 22 in Rockhampton.

"Today, our posties deliver 42 per cent of all parcels, and we need vehicles with the capacity to continue delivering for our customers – especially in suburbs like Heathwood, where online shopping grew 24.7 per cent in 2018 from the previous year, and Rockhampton which grew 19.2 per cent."


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The vehicle is the DXP 240 built by Swiss company Kyburz specifically for the postal task.

It has a claimed top speed of 45km/h, range of 50km-100km, charging time of 1o hours and total weight of 510kg.

"The powerful electric motor enables the DXP to climb grades up to 30 per cent," Kyburz says.

"Downhill the motor slows the vehicle down, producing electric energy."

It adds that that in Iceland, Norway, Finland and Switzerland, DXPs have already covered a distance of more than 150 million kilometres.

Along with more 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," Creedon says. 

"We have made modifications such as adding an overhead canopy, dash cams, a hydraulic seat, speed limiters, engine immobilisers and automatic storage locking systems, based on feedback from posties. 

"Our posties love the extra safety features, customers love the extra carrying capacity, and everyone loves the almost-silent running – including dogs."

Queensland transport and main roads minister Mark Bailey welcomed Australia Post’s announcement, saying it supports his government’s push for electric vehicles and 50 per cent renewables by 2030.

"I think almost every Queenslander can remember their local postie zipping down the street delivering letters," Bailey says.

"This announcement means we’ll have posties delivering the goods for generations to come, all while using clean, green energy.

"Queensland is already at the forefront of electric vehicles in Australia, with the Electric Super Highway: a 17-station fast-charging network from Coolangatta to Cairns. It’s great to see businesses like Australia Post helping to lead that change too."

With more than 150 eDVs already out delivering, Australia Post expects the next lot of 961 vehicles to be wheeled out around the nation by February. 

 

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