Three Fuso eCanters, the first of 20 electric trucks, have been welcomed by Australia Post into its national delivery fleet.
The eCanters are already delivering parcels to customers in Melbourne ahead of Christmas.
Of the remaining 17 eCanters on order, these will hit the streets delivering in major capital cities from early 2022.
The rollout of the new vehicles will be supported by Australia Post Fleet Management Provider SG Fleet.
Australia Post has an existing delivery fleet of over 2100 electric delivery vehicles and 1400 electric bicycles.
The introduction of the Fuso eCanters follows a successful trial of the Daimler developed truck in late 2019.
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,” he said.
“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,” said Dixon.
Australia Post Chief Sustainability Officer Susan Mizrahi said expanding the current electric fleet was an important part of the Australia Post’s 2020-22 Corporate Responsibility plan and its science-based target to reduce emission by 15 per cent by 2025.
“This is an important milestone for our business. We know that every delivery has a carbon footprint which is why we’re committed to reducing our emissions through growing our electric fleet and increasing our renewable energy production to help power these new vehicles,” Mizrahi said.
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.
Daniel Whitehead, President and CEO of Daimler Truck and Bus Australia Pacific, said Australia Post was the perfect first Australian customer for the eCanter.
“Daimler is thrilled to partner with such an iconic brand as Australia Post on a journey towards carbon neutral freight transportation in Australia,” he said.
Australia Post is currently two-thirds of the way through its 2020-22 Group Corporate Responsibility Plan Everyone Matters: Our plan for inclusive and sustainable prosperity.