New Zealand Post goes electric

  • 13/02/2016
New Zealand Post goes electric

Its signage may be red, but the postal service is turning to a green delivery option.

New Zealand Post has announced that from the middle of this year it will be deploying a fleet of 50 Paxster electric delivery vehicles to drop off mail and parcels in residential areas around the country, starting with Auckland.

The battery powered buggies can carry about 200kg but are small enough to travel on a footpath - although they can go a whopping 45km/h.

NZ Post's delivery chief executive officer, Ashley Smout, said $15 million was being spent on the carts to keep up with an increase in online shopping deliveries.

"They'll allow us to be more efficient and, over time, enable new and convenient services to residential customers such as parcel pick-ups, returns and re-directions," he said.

He said the vehicles had been found fit for use on footpaths in trials in Taranaki, Auckland and Wellington and drivers would be given safety training.

Local councils will have to grant permission for the vehicles to be used before they can hit footpaths later in the year.