Post Danmark is set to become one of the largest owners of electric vehicles in Denmark, after ordering 50 new Mercedes-Benz vans.
When the new vehicles arrive in March, it will mean one in every 20 electric vehicles on Danish roads is a yellow postal van.
The Danish postal service, part of Scandinavian operator PostNord, has purchased Mercedes-Benz Vito E-Cell vehicles as part of its programme aiming to cut its environmental impact.
The switch from diesel power to electric drivetrains comes following a pilot project on the island of Bornholm.
Martin von Horsten, head of distribution at Post Danmark, said: “Both in terms of environmental impact, operating costs and the driving experience for postal workers, our first experiments with electric vans was a big win. Therefore it is obvious that we should take another step towards greener distribution with 50 new electric vehicles.”
Post Danmark already has 1,800 electric bicycles and scooters, as it looks to cut its company-wide carbon emissions by 40% from 2009 to 2020.
The company said it believes the 50 new vehicles can cut emissions by 116 tonnes a year compared to the equivalent diesel power.
With experience from the Bornholm pilot suggesting the electric vehicles will fit well with postal delivery driving patterns, with the vehicles’ range on a single charge capable for an average 60km postal route.
The postal service said it was also easy to set up charging stations since the delivery vehicles start and end their routes at the same location.
The 50 new vehicles are expect to be used on letter routes in both rural and urban areas, Post Danmark said.
“As one of the nation’s largest companies, it is natural to take the position as a leader in green distribution,” said von Horsten. “Now we will have the 50 new vehicles
Source: Post&Parcel/Post Danmark