Statistics released under the Official Information Act revealed that 249 crashes occured, as so-called ‘Paxsters’ hit cars, fences and road signs.
There were only 82 incidents in 2017.
“We have seen declining costs associated with injuries since the introduction of Paxsters, this suggests injuries are less severe in nature than traditional bicycle,” a NZ Post spokesperson was quoted as saying by Radio NZ.
“We believe this is attributable to the stability of a four wheel vehicle versus a two wheel, more efficient braking, greater visibility and more robust protection offered by a Paxster versus a Bicycle.
“It is also important to note that we work closely with local councils before we start using the Paxsters in any area, and only operate them in areas where we have been given permission.”
The e-vehicles were introduced in 2016.