Australia Post welcomed the first of 20 electric trucks to its national delivery fleet, just in time to start sending Christmas packages to customers in Melbourne.
Three new Fuso eCanters were delivered to Australia Post, the first of 20 ordered by Australia Post in September. The Fuso eCanter developed by Daimler was initially tested by the Australian Postal Service at the end of 2019 and has obviously been approved.
Australia Post already operates more than 2,100 electric delivery vehicles and 1,400 e-bikes, as part of its short-term science goal of reducing overall emissions by 15% by 2025 based on 2019 levels.
“We are very proud to be Australia’s largest electric fleet operator, but until now our electric fleet has consisted only of smaller delivery vehicles used for the last mile,” said James Dixon, Managing Director general Australian Post networks.
“We’ve tested a range of electric trucks before, but the Fuso eCanter is the first we’ve found to suit both Australian conditions and our unique operational needs. “
The Fuso eCanter is the only Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) electric truck available in Australia and uses the latest technology from the Daimler Truck Group, which first acquired a stake in Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corporation in 2003 and now owns nearly 90%.
With a gross vehicle weight of 7.49 tonnes and a permanent magnet motor with a maximum output of 129 kW, the Fuso eCanter houses 6 batteries with a combined useful power of 82.8 kWh and 66 kWh. Boasting a range of around 100 kilometers, the Fuso eCanter will operate in two body configurations.
The remaining 17 eCanters are currently scheduled for delivery in early 2022 and will begin to roll out in major capitals.
We know that every delivery has a carbon footprint, which is why we are committed to reducing our emissions by increasing our electric fleet and increasing our production of renewable energy to help power these new vehicles ”, said Susan Mizrahi, Manager of the Australia Post sustainability.
Australia Post is committed to ensuring that all emissions generated by the use of electricity from the Fuso eCanter will be offset through the purchase of renewable energy certificates.