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The government-owned Australia Post has added 182 new electric delivery vehicles (EDVs) to its Queensland fleet, to assist with peak season volumes.

The three-wheeled vehicles can carry more than a hundred small parcels and around 1,200 letters—three times the volume of the Post’s traditional motorbikes.

The new fleet additions are focused around Queensland’s hotspots for e-commerce, Heathwood and Rockhampton, where online shopping grew between a fifth and a quarter from 2017 to 2018.

“These vehicles are more visible, more stable, have increased rider protection and lower on-road speeds, all of which makes our posties safer,” said Angela Creedon, Australia Post’s General Manager of Deliveries for Queensland.

“We have made modifications such as adding an overhead canopy, dash cams, a hydraulic seat, speed limiters, engine immobilisers and automatic storage locking systems, based on feedback from posties.”

The company plans to deploy a total of 962 EDVs across Australia by February 2020.

Source: Post & Parcel

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