Australia Post is trialling a locally-made electric trike in the suburbs of Melbourne. The Stealth OzPod (photo above) has a carrying capacity of up to 720 litres and can travel up to 50 kmh.
This follows Australia Post’s order for 1,000 three-wheeled electric delivery vehicles from Swiss manufacturer Kyburz earlier this year, adding to its existing fleet of 150 Kyburz trikes.
Once the vehicles are delivered, Australia Post will be the nation’s largest electric vehicle fleet operator. Australia Post also operates electric bikes - it expects to have another 4000 electric bikes on the road in the next three years.
The trikes are used to deliver letters and small parcels in suburban areas. According to Kyburz, its vehicles allow posties to carry up to 100 small parcels and 1200 letters.
These electric vehicles are replacing Australia Post’s compact petrol-powered postie bikes. Going electric in the last mile will help Australia Post meet its target of reducing carbon emissions by 25 per cent by 2020 (compared to 2000).
Already Australia Post has achieved a reduction in carbon emissions of 20 per cent, despite the continuing growth in delivery points.
Last year Australia Post signed a deal for 1300 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter and Vito vans. Mercedes-Benz has produced an all-electric eSprinter, so the post’s extensive van fleet may yet go electric. Australia Post has previously trialled a number of electric vans.
There has been some talk in Australia of creating congestion zones or low emission “green” zones, but nothing has been put in place. Nonetheless, Australia may yet follow the lead of European countries.
“The British prime minister has just announced a target of zero emissions by 2050. If other governments take a similar stance electric vehicles will need to be used extensively…and fast.” - Marek Różycki, Managing Partner, Last Mile Experts
Here’s what the Kyburz vehicles look like in Australia Post’s livery:
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