InPost: we’re raising the bar by making deliveries without generating exhaust or local pollution
InPost, the European e-commerce delivery platform, is adding electric delivery vehicles to its fleet, including more than 250 Nissan eNV200 vans and 10 Mercedes Benz eSprinters, bringing the total to more than 300.
The vehicles will be used by couriers and for deliveries to Automated Parcel Machines (APMs) in municipalities that are partners of InPost’s Green City programme. All deliveries to the parcel lockers will be made by e-vehicles in member cities, which already include Białystok, Chełm, Częstochowa, Kielce, Kraków, Łódź, Rybnik, Rzeszów, Sopot, Wałbrzych and Zielona Góra.
The Nissan e-NV200 in the expanded XL Voltia version offers a cargo space of 10 cubic metres and allows couriers to work standing up inside. Features such as keyless operation and heated steering wheels and seats will further increase driver comfort and ease of use.
The 109-hp electric motor and high-voltage 40 kWh battery provide a real range of about 200km, and a CHAdeMO connector allows fast recharging. InPost’s APMs are already the most environmentally friendly parcel delivery method, cutting CO2 emissions by as much as 75%, and the switch to an electric fleet will shrink the company’s environmental footprint even further.
“Our growing parcel locker network means we need more and better vehicles, but also environmentally friendly ones,” said InPost CEO Rafał Brzoska. “By bringing hundreds of packages to a single APM, we already reduce urban traffic and cut CO2 emissions, and we’re raising the bar by making deliveries without generating exhaust or local pollution. We’re minimizing our environmental footprint, and as the market leader we’re blazing a trail and mobilising others to follow us.” Nissan is working hard to keep up with demand from clients such as InPost for innovative electric vehicles, said Maciej Klenkiewicz, managing director of Nissan Sales CEE.
“We’re pleased that InPost has trusted us once again and chosen the e-NV200 to enhance its EV fleet,” Klenkiewicz said. “The experience of numerous clients, not only in Poland, shows us that this compact van is the ideal solution for lastmile deliveries, and we’re proud that we can support the Green City initiative and contribute to reducing emissions and noise pollution in Polish urban areas.”
The vans will be supplied by Arval Service Lease Polska under a four-year contract that includes service, insurance and replacement vehicles if needed. “I’m proud that Arval and InPost have started our relationship with a contract for electric vehicles,” said Paweł Racis, commercial director of Arval Service Lease Polska.
“Replacing internal-combustion delivery vehicles with electric ones in the fleets of companies like InPost is inevitable, not only to cut operating costs and reduce local pollution, but because within a few years, access to city centres may be restricted only to zero-emissions vehicles. The first player to switch to this form of transport will get a jump on the competition and carve out a market niche.”
InPost’s Green City programme supports Polish smart cities by offering their residents state-of-the-art services, developing the environmentally friendly APM network and working to improve air quality and fight climate change. Green City is part of InPost’s long-term strategy, which also includes a broad range of innovations and other environmental initiatives.
The programme calls for the development of a range of services for residents, including electric chargers located next to APMs, development of environmentally friendly transport and planting vegetation that helps clean the air. Additionally, the partner cities will be first in line for InPost to replace its delivery fleet with electric vehicles. The company is also introducing anti-smog paving stones around its APMs, which will provide additional support to its efforts to clean the air.