Swiss Post has announced that it has taken its last petrol-powered scooter off the road – which means that all its two- and three-wheeled delivery vehicles are now electrically powered.
In as statement issued today (5 January), the postal operator said: “The conversion of the mail delivery fleet at Swiss Post from petrol to electricity is now complete: the final yellow Piaggio Liberty petrol scooter, used until recently for mail delivery in Stein am Rhein in the Canton of Schaffhausen, has now been taken out of service. It was the last of around 70 such motorcycles in service for mail delivery over the past year from an original total of 7,500.
“Since the start of 2017, all two- and three-wheel delivery vehicles at Swiss Post are battery-powered, running on “naturemade star” certified green electricity from Switzerland. These vehicles are far more environmentally friendly than their established predecessors. The electric vehicles require around six times less energy than a petrol scooter. Compared to previously, Swiss Post is now saving 733 kg CO2 per vehicle and, in turn, a total of around 4,600 tonnes of CO2 emissions annually.”
The three-wheeled Kyburz DXP model now accounts for the bulk of the mail carrier delivery fleet. Together with a trailer, the three-wheeler, which was developed by Swiss company Kyburz to meet Swiss Post’s needs, can transport up to three times more than a two-wheeled vehicle.
Swiss Post added: “Around 6,300 yellow battery-powered two- and three-wheelers will be used for mail delivery in Switzerland, representing the largest fleet of electric scooters of its kind in Europe.”
Source: Swiss Post