New Zealand Post begins national rollout of new electric delivery vehicles

Residents on Auckland’s North Shore will be among the first to see New Zealand Post’s new electric delivery vehicles in operation as a national rollout of the vehicles gets underway.

The four-wheeled Paxsters will be used for the combined delivery of parcels and mail in residential areas of New Zealand’s larger towns and cities. The rollout started at the end of July in Oamaru and the vehicles will appear next on North Shore streets, with other areas to follow over the coming year.

From 4 August, the Paxsters will be used for deliveries in residential areas of Glenfield, Hillcrest, Bayview, Beach Haven, Birkenhead, Northcote, Northcote Point and Wairau Road.  

“These vehicles are an investment in New Zealand Post’s future as we change the way we deliver to meet the growing demand for parcel deliveries,” said Mark Stewart, Chief Operating Officer, Customer Service Delivery. “They’re also environmentally friendly which is important to us and our customers.”

The Paxsters can carry up to 200kg of parcels and mail but are still small enough to be used on footpaths, as Mark Stewart added, “Previous trials have shown these vehicles are safe to use on the footpath. Our drivers receive safety training, and they will give way to all other footpath users”.

New Zealand Post has liaised with Auckland Transport and has been given permission to use the vehicles on the footpath in residential neighbourhoods. The Paxsters will not be used in major shopping areas.

Source: New Zealand Post