Why Quickpac relies on electric cars

Parcel delivery avoiding unnecessary CO₂ emissions

For Quickpac, effective environment protection measures and the avoidance of CO₂ emissions are not just mere buzzwords. Since launching Quickpac in 2019, we have relied on the use of electric cars for parcel delivery across the board: in the metropolitan areas and, unlike many competitors, also in rural regions.

Parcel delivery: quiet and sustainable

In addition to lower emissions of pollutants, the avoidance of noise is an important advantage of using electric cars. Particularly in parcel delivery, frequent starts create even more noise than regular road traffic. In contrast, electric cars start moving virtually silently. This is another advantage, in fact a prerequisite, for the delivery of parcels in the evening.

Unbeatable economic advantages

Electric cars are still more expensive to buy than fossil-fuelled vehicles. However, an electric car is significantly more cost-efficient per kilometre. Among other things, the maintenance costs for an electric car are significantly lower than those of a fossil-fuelled vehicle, because an electric motor is less complex and thus less likely to break down. In the long term, electric cars therefore offer not only ecological but also unbeatable economic advantages.

Strong argument in the job market

The logistics industry is booming and well-trained workforce is in high demand. We position ourselves as a company right on the border of logistics and the tech industry, the first parcel delivery service ever to fully rely on electric cars for the delivery of parcels. This strengthens our position as an attractive employer. And last but not least, our delivery agents appreciate the advantages of an electric car in road traffic.

Climate-friendly delivery is key when choosing a retailer

According to studies, 77 % of the citizens surveyed would like their parcel to be delivered by electric car.

Electric cars in non-stop use

Quickpac is the only parcel service in Europe that relies 100 % on electric cars. The cars operate two tours per day and are recharged at midday and overnight.

Our electric car fleet
Types of vehicles we rely on

Today, we rely on electric delivery vehicles of the types Renault Kangoo Maxi Z.E. and Mercedes-Benz eVito.

Both models are 100 % electric vehicles. Quickpac has optimised each electric car for use as a parcel delivery vehicle. Our vehicles allow access to the parcels through two sliding doors as well as the rear doors. The passenger seat has been converted into an additional secure loading area onto which parcels in Mini format can be loaded. These parcels are safely stowed in purpose built containers and can be accessed directly from the driver's seat for even faster and more efficient delivery.

Elektroauto des Typs Renault Kangoo Maxi Z.E. in der Winterthurer Altstadt

Technical data
Renault Kangoo Maxi Z.E.

  • Inventory: 175 vehicles

  • Driving range: around 200 km

  • Battery: 33 kWh, allows a range of up to 200 km. For delivery with frequent stop-and-go, the effective range is 120 to 150 km, depending on the outside temperature and area.

  • Max. load: 650 kg, cargo space: 4.6 m³

  • Performance: 44 kW (60 hp), top speed 130 km/h

  • Braking system with energy recovery

  • Eco mode to increase range

  • Econometer for displaying energy consumption and energy recovery

  • R-LINK Evolution allows programming of charging during low tariff periods and checking of charge level or range.

Elektroauto des Typs Mercedes-Benz eVito vor dem Depot Ostermundigen

Technical data
Mercedes-Benz eVito

  • Inventory: 100 vehicles

  • Driving range: around 280 km

  • Battery: 60 kWh, allows a range of up to 327 km. For delivery with frequent stop-and-go, the effective range is approx. 280 km, depending on the outside temperature and area.

  • Max. load: 650 kg, cargo space: 6.6 m³

  • Performance: 85 kW (116 hp), top speed 130 km/h

  • Braking system with energy recovery

  • 3 driving programmes "E+", "E" and "C" and 5 recuperation levels "D-", "D", "D+", "D++" and "DAuto" to optimise power consumption and range. Energy is recovered with recuperation.

  • Econometer for displaying energy consumption and energy recovery

  • R-LINK Evolution allows programming of charging during low tariff periods and checking of charge level or range.

Dynamic route planning and more accurate delivery forecasts
How we optimise our delivery routes with algorithms

What is dynamic route planning?

In contrast to many traditional parcel delivery services, that plan their delivery routes statically, i.e. every day they cover a fixed sequence of streets and addresses, Quickpac uses modern route planning controlled by algorithms, which dynamically adapts to the forecast parcel volume. A large number of different factors are taken into account, such as the registered parcel volume, the geographical distribution of the recipient addresses and the shortest and most efficient routes to serve these addresses. Factors such as staff and vehicle availability, real-time updated battery ranges as well as traffic volume and outside temperature are also considered.

In the development and enhancement of IT-supported systems and applications, Quickpac relies on a modern, agile integration of in-house developments and the purchase of state-of-the-art applications from renowned third-party providers. In-house developments are programmed and operated by the sister company Quickmail Systems AG, which is domiciled in Germany.

Precise delivery forecasts

Taking these factors into account not only leads to more sustainable delivery routes and the associated reduction of energy emissions plus leaner staff planning, but also to increasingly accurate delivery forecasts. Accurate delivery forecasts are a key criterion for shippers and recipients when choosing their parcel delivery partners.

Quickpac is able to provide reliable and precise time windows for the delivery of a parcel very early in the delivery process. This delivery forecast is refined during the course of the day with all live data of the delivery route and can be tracked by recipients and shippers in almost real time. As a result, Quickpac delivers particularly punctually and achieves a high rate of successful first delivery attempts, especially for parcels that have to be handed over in person. This is also sustainable and, by the way, also economically interesting: unnecessary additional trips for second and third delivery attempts can thus be avoided. This saves time, energy and costs.

Innovative sorting process
The economic revolution in parcel sorting

Patent-pending sorting process by colour

Sorting at Quickpac is done using a unique process that has been registered with the European Patent Office: The parcels receive a coloured label from Quickpac, which ensures speed and error-free sorting. Shippers do not need to worry about this: they deliver their parcels to Quickpac with labels as they are used to from other parcel delivery companies.

This is how it works:

  1. Quickpac registers all incoming parcels at the destination depots (the depots from which the delivery agents start their tours).

  2. As soon as this registration has been completed, route planning is carried out in just a few minutes.

  3. Each parcel is assigned a tour number and, within the tour number, a delivery sequence.

  4. Before sorting, the ID barcode of each parcel is scanned and a label generated by a high-performance printer is applied to the parcel.

  5. The label then has two coloured areas: One for the tour (= vehicle) and one for the delivery sequence.

The advantages of colour sorting

Sorting by colour has numerous advantages that benefit both the sender and the recipient - through lower prices and faster processes:

  • Significantly higher sorting speed than sorting by numbers or sorting with automatic sorting systems.

  • Less warehouse space is needed for sorting

  • Virtually error-free sorting

  • No use of capital-intensive sorting equipment

  • Sorting is guaranteed even in the event of a power shortage, as no energy-intensive power operation of the system is necessary.

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