Australia Post rolls out electric vehicles to meet Christmas demand

Australia Post has jumped onboard the Electric Vehicles (EVs) trend with the deployment of 182 new three-wheeled electric delivery vehicles in Queensland. MEGATRANS2020 will be showcasing the latest developments in this space. 

The Australia Post vehicles are equipped to carry over 100 small parcels and up to 1,200 letters and are part of a national deployment of 1961 eDVs.

Australia Post General Manager Deliveries Queensland Angela Creedon said the new vehicles are a timely addition in the lead up to an expected record-breaking Christmas, as the business continues its support of e-commerce 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,” Angela said.

“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.”

With over 150 eDVs already out delivering, Australia Post expects the next lot of 961 vehicles to be wheeled out around the nation by February 2020.

MEGATRANS2020 will focus on EVs and the part they will play in the coming years, with both a dedicated conference session and EV Hub on the show floor.

If you’d like to take part in the EV Hub  or the conference, click here.