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Australia Post assessing city’s ‘suitability’ for electric truck

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Newcastle has been named as one of the locations likely to welcome Australia Post’s new electric delivery trucks.

The postal giant welcomed the first of 20 electric trucks to its national delivery fleet on Tuesday 30 November.

The three Fuso ECanters are delivering parcels to customers in Melbourne, and add to Australia Post’s existing electric delivery fleet of more than 2,100 vehicles and 1,400 electric bikes.

An Australia Post spokesperson confirmed on Wednesday 1 December that Newcastle could welcome its own electric truck next year.

“We are currently looking at several locations to assess suitability for the electric truck,” they told Newcastle Weekly.

“Newcastle is one of them.”

Australia Post general manager networks James Dixon said the addition of the Fuso eCanter to Australia Post’s delivery fleet was an exciting step for the organisation.

“We’re very proud to be Australia’s largest electric fleet operator, but up until this point our electric fleet has consisted solely of smaller delivery vehicles that are used for the last-mile.

“We’ve trialled a range of electric trucks previously, but the Fuso eCanter is the first we’ve found that suits both Australian conditions and our unique operational needs.”

The expansion of the current electric fleet forms part of the Australia Post’s 2020-22 Corporate Responsibility plan and its science-based target to reduce emission by 15% by 2025. 

The remaining 17 eCanters will hit the streets delivering in major capital cities from early 2022, with the rollout of the new vehicles supported by Australia Post Fleet Management Provider SG Fleet.

Australia Post says it is currently two-thirds of the way through its 2020-22 Group Corporate Responsibility Plan Everyone Matters: Our plan for inclusive and sustainable prosperity.

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