If you have noticed some different 'traffic' on our footpaths this week. KCDC have given New Zealand Post the green light to use their new electric Paxster delivery vehicles.
Our local posties have started learning to use them. And if you're on a footpath, the Paxsters will give way to you, and they won't be used in busy pedestrian areas.
KCDC does suggest you keep an eye out for them anyway!
The use of the electric Paxsters has allowed New Zealand Post to add capacity into their network, with minimal increases in emissions compared to traditional van fleets.
They have minimised the carbon emissions, pollutants and noise associated with delivery whilst still increasing delivery capacity. They are extremely efficient only requiring a charge of 8.4kWh per day (on average).
The four-wheeled vehicles carry loads of up to 200kg but are still small enough to be used on the footpath. They have been part of a successful pilot of combined parcel and mail delivery in Taranaki, have been tested in road trials in Auckland and Wellington, and are already used by postal operators in Europe.
New Zealand Post states this is a significant investment in alternative technology and they will arguably be the biggest user of road legal electric vehicles in the country.