News: Postal deliveries going electric

Austpost eDV

As part of its commitment to cutting greenhouse gas emissions by 25% off 2000 levels by 2020, Australia Post is starting to make the move to using electric delivery vehicles (eDVs). Since March last year the company has been trialling a Swiss-made three-wheeled electric scooter; there are now more than 100 delivering mail around the country, in addition to over 1000 electric bikes.

In addition to being battery powered, the eDVs offer two big advantages over a regular postie motorbike: they can carry three times more letters and parcels, and they can be left unattended as the cargo compartments automatically lock when the vehicle is switched off.
Australia Post is also investing in solar to help power its operations renewably, and it’s one of 14 consortium members behind the ground-breaking Melbourne Renewable Energy Project, contracted to buy a third of the projected output of the Crowlands wind farm near Ararat.
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