Australia Post is using Hobart as the first capital city in the country to pilot five new three-wheel electric vehicles that will allow posties to deliver more small parcels.
From March 20, the new e-vehicles will service the suburbs of Bellerive, Howrah, Montagu Bay, Mornington, Rosny Park, Tranmere and Warrane.
The new e-vehicles have three times the parcel carrying capacity of the postie motorbike and can hold up to 100 small parcels and 1,200 letters at a time.
Australia Post spokesman Mitch Buxton said Hobart served as a perfect starting point to launch the pilot with locals increasingly embracing online shopping.
"We know that residents in Hobart love online shopping. The yearly growth rate in this area is above the national average, sitting at 13.8 per cent growth compared to 11.5 per cent," Mr Buxton said.
Health and beauty products, fashion and recreational goods were the most popular purchases by Hobart residents.
Mr Buxton said that while letter volumes had nearly halved, Australia Post’s parcels business now generated more than 70 per cent of its total revenue. Ten years ago, parcels contributed less than 25 per cent of revenue.
The e-vehicles were successfully used in Germany and Switzerland, with international postal authorities citing benefits, including greater carrying capacity, improved rider safety and lower vehicle emissions.