NZ Post Paxters are coming to Nelson foothpaths.
Nelson City Council approved a trial of the electric delivery vehicle at a full council meeting last week, and NZ Post have confirmed that this will begin in the last week of October.
The Norwegian made Paxter runs exclusively off an electric battery and can carry loads of up to 200kg, but are still small enough to be used on the footpath.
The start date for the trial is yet to be determined, but it will be stretched out over 18 months, manager of roading and utilities Margaret Parfitt told councillors.
It would begin with a six-month reconnaissance period, with two Paxters, to check to see “where they fit and where they don’t” and to finalise the exclusion zones in the agreement.
That would follow with a one-year “full roll out”.
Paxters can reach speeds of up to 45km per hour, but in Nelson they will have a limit of 15km – about the same speed as a postie on a pedal bike, said Margaret.
They have already been successfully trialed in Taranaki, Auckland, Wellington and Hamilton and enable posties to combine the delivery of parcels and mail in residential areas.
NZ Post say Paxters will give them extra capacity to meet the growing demand created by online shopping, increase efficiency and enable new services in the region.
“We are pleased to be working alongside Nelson City Council to trial Paxsters in Nelson,” says a NZ Post spokesperson.
“We always look at each delivery area and match the most appropriate delivery method to that area. We only use Paxsters in areas where it is appropriate, and where we have council approval. We don’t use Paxsters, for example, in busy shopping areas such as the CBD.”