There are many things to look forward to in terms of the courier industry. Aside from this, the electric vehicle market is also making a name for itself. When these two are put together, it raises many possibilities. This past year alone, many courier companies including SPH Transport Services are planning to add electric vehicles to their fleet.
One of the most recent news is from Australia Post after its delivery people were seen using electric vehicles for their deliveries. These three-wheeled machines are manufactured locally in Australia. The manufacturer is a facility located in the southeastern suburbs of Melbourne. The electric vehicle is called the Stealth OzPOD and is currently being tested for a period of five weeks.
For this duration, the residents of Lilydale suburb will be able to see these three-wheeled machines around the neighborhood. According to Australia Post, their goal is to find out how the vehicle will operate when used in various terrains. The plan is for the electric vehicles to be added on the existing fleet of electric vehicles already in use by the courier.
Mitch Buxton, the general manager assigned for network optimization in Australia Post, said that they chose Lilydale because of its ideal location for the trial. The locals are known to shop frequently online and the area is where they deliver most of the small parcels in the past few months.
He explained that majority of the residents are shopping online for various products from media, health and beauty to fashion. The manufacturing of the Stealth OzPOD took 2.5 years before it reached trial phase. The design is specifically catered to the terrain and weather in Australia. It comes with a number of features such as surface measures, safety, gradient measures and stability.
He added that the companies is trying to transform therefore they are catering a higher number of small parcels. This is quite common for couriers in Australia such as SPH Transport Services because more and more Aussies are getting into online shopping and next-day or same-day delivery services. This is why these companies are also keeping up to make sure their clients are satisfied.