Posten Norge sets record with purchase of electric cars

Posten Norge recently decided to make one of the world's largest single purchases of electric cars.

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Over the course of one year, almost 300 new electric cars will be introduced into the mail distribution fleet throughout the entire country as part of Posten Norge’s extensive programme to reduce its CO2 emissions.

Posten Norge has opted to use environmentally friendly vehicles in areas of its operation where they have been proven to be viable, both operationally and financially.

Posten Norge's environmental accounts show that the transition to environmentally friendly vehicles has significantly reduced CO2 emissions and saved the Group millions of krone.

"This represents a milestone in our environmental work. Posten Norge is one of the Nordic region's biggest transport operators and our CO2 emissions are quite large. We are now seeing the rather significant results from the measures we have implemented. The purchase of new electric cars is one of the major contributors to us meeting our environmental targets," says CEO Dag Mejdell.

In total, Posten Norge has around 3,700 routes throughout Norway and the new cars are smaller distribution cars that will primarily be used in densely populated areas and for mid-length routes. Over the past five years, Posten Norge has introduced more than 900 electric vehicles and trailers into its mail distribution operations. They are used for routes of varying length, topography and number of deliveries per route. This also means that there are different requirements for where each vehicle is best suited.

"We also use environmentally friendly fuel in 200 of our larger cars and we only buy new vehicles that live up to the leading environmental standards. Our investment in environmentally friendly logistics and mail distribution extends beyond the purchase of electric cars," emphasizes Mejdell.

Posten Norge is subject to the Procurement Act and Renault has been selected as the primary supplier of the new electric cars. Nissan is the secondary supplier and will provide a smaller number of cars. 

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