NZ Post rolls out Paxster electric vehicles


EV development comes as Benz vans US flags electric Sprinter

NZ Post rolls out Paxster electric vehicles
NZ Post is rolling out 500 Paxters

 

The national roll-out of New Zealand’s electric postal delivery vehicles has begun.

Effectively a one-driver buggy built by Norwegian firm Paxter, it can carry up to 200kg of parcels and mail and is street legal while being "small and nimble enough to be used on the footpath",  NZ Post says.

"These vehicles are an investment in New Zealand Post’s future as we change the way we deliver to meet the growing demand for parcel deliveries," according to customer service delivery chief operating officer Mark Stewart. 

"They’re also environmentally friendly which is important to us and our customers."

Stewart revealed in May that 500 Paxters, which are similar to quadbikes, would hit NZ residential streets over two years, starting this month.

Meanwhile, in a busy time for electric commercial vehicles, reports in the US emerged saying Mercedes-Benz is looking to release an electric Sprinter van for calendar 2018, just as Volkswagen unveiled details of its new diesel Crafter big van.

The Sprinter development news came just as Daimler truck and bus chief Dr Wolfgang Bernhard unveiled the Mercedes-Benz Urban eTruck, saying electric propulsion and connected driving were part of group commercial vehicles future strategy.

It is reported that the new Sprinter will adhere to that.

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