An Post has become the first Irish logistics company to join EV100, a global initiative made up of international businesses dedicated to accelerating the move to electric vehicles worldwide.

It has a robust track record in the adoption of electric vehicles across its fleet and is the first postal service provider in the world to attain zero carbon emission delivery status in a capital city.

An Post deployed Ireland's first ever 7.5 tonne electric trucks to its electric fleet last year in Dublin city.

While deliveries in the cities of Limerick, Cork, Galway, Waterford and Kilkenny are now also emissions free, with more urban areas and suburbs to follow this year. 

With Electric Vehicles already making up 30% of An Post’s fleet of over 3,000 vehicles, the company said it is now focused on alternatives for its HGV fleet which accounts for 50% of fleet-related carbon emissions.

Nicola Woods, Chief Transformation Officer at An Post, said that participation in the global EV100 Initiative will help set strategy for An Post. 

"Our participation will help pioneer and grow both our electric fleet and electric vehicle charging sites. 

"Through our initiatives, we enable our commercial and personal customers to take positive, measureable action on time-critical issue of carbon reduction.

"We value the power of peer learning and these actionable global insights and the EV100 experts will help us to formulate strategy, particularly around heavy goods vehicles," said Ms Woods.

Sandra Roling, Head of EV100, said they are very glad to have An Post joining EV100.

"As well as a commitment to being fully electric by 2030, An Post has publicly committed that all of their city fleets will have zero emission vehicles by 2021. 

"This leadership is exactly what we want to see from EV100 members, and a great demonstration of the potential of going electric in the postal sector," said Ms Roling.