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Post's electric Paxsters to hit pavement

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 1/06/2016

© NZ Post It's Postman Paxster!

New Zealand Post has unveiled its new electric delivery vehicles, which landed in Auckland on Thursday.

Fifty of the Norwegian-built Paxster AS vehicles - which look like beefed-up golf carts and maybe a passing resemblance to Pat's red van - are the first of a fleet of 500 planned to be rolled out for parcel and mail deliveries.

NZ Post, which is struggling as the volume of post drops, believes it will be the largest, fully electric fleet in New Zealand once the two-year rollout is complete.

"Early calculations suggest New Zealand Post will make very good reductions in fuel costs and greenhouse gas emissions by using these electric vehicles," said acting chief operating officer Mark Stewart.

A pilot with earlier models was carried out in New Plymouth, but North Shore will get the first glimpse of the new vehicles when they are introduced.

The Paxsters have won a design award in Norway and company boss Lasse Andre Hansen says he is confident they will perform well in New Zealand.

"We have spent four years developing a technology and a concept that is revolutionising the industry with regard to efficiency, the environment and not least the work environment," he said.

The battery powered buggies can carry about 200kg but are small enough to travel on a footpath. They have a range of 90km and can reach speeds of 45km/h.

About $15 million is being spent on the carts to keep up with an increase in online shopping deliveries.

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

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