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NZ Post snaps up 60 zero-emissions vans from Mercedes-Benz as it seeks to electrify all its vehicles over the coming years.

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NZ Post has pulled the covers off the first of its 60-strong fleet of electric Mercedes-Benz eVito vans as it seeks to slash carbon emissions as part of a $20 million initiative.

The first shipment of 22 vans arrived at the end of July and were shown off at NZ Post’s Auckland operations centre on October 18, with the remaining 38 units due to arrive by the end of the year.

At the time, it was the single largest international order of electric Mercedes-Benz vans by a commercial operator.

Diane Tarr, managing director of Mercedes-Benz Vans Australia and New Zealand, says: “This is a very exciting step towards a more sustainable future for Mercedes-Benz Vans and our important partner NZ Post.

“We are now ready with a strong customer-centric electric product portfolio and can’t wait to see the eVito come to life on the road through NZ Post and its delivery partners.”

The vans will replace diesel and petrol vans currently in use by NZ Post and some of its delivery partners for last mile delivery and help achieve its goal to slash its emissions by one-third by 2030.

NZ Post teamed up with New Zealand Green Investment Finance (NZGIF) to overcome supply chain challenges with the electric vans.

Both companies have contributed $10 million to purchase the 60 eVitos, as well as implement the charging infrastructure and help contractors with access costs.

Dawn Baggaley, NZ Post’s group sustainability manager, says it aims to have its own fleet and one-quarter of its last mile delivery contractor fleet electric by 2025 – with the balance of the contractor fleet electric by 2030.

“Electric vehicles cost a lot less to run, but the initial purchasing cost can be a barrier,” she explains.

“Teaming up with NZGIF and offering this competitive finance deal means our contractors can shift into electric vans sooner rather than later.

“There are over 2,000 vans in our own fleet and contractor fleet for last mile that we will be transitioning over to electric to meet our science-based target.”

Craig Weise, chief executive officer of NZGIF, adds: “Not only does this deal help NZ Post electrify its fleet, it will also help kickstart the second-hand commercial EV market, as these vans are on-sold to subsequent owners.”

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Craig Weise, left, NZGIF chief executive officer, Diane Tarr, managing director of Mercedes-Benz Vans Australia and NZ, Dave Walsh, NZ Post CEO, and Richard Christensen, Carbn Group’s transformation director

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