Royal Mail's electric vehicle

Royal Mail's electric vehicle

Royal Mail shows some of its further electrification efforts this year with two new plug-in projects coming online - first with Arrival electric trucks and second with Peugeot Partner EVs.

The British company Arrival is supplying Royal Mail with nine electric delivery vehicles, in three sizes, for advanced tests.

The standard truck comes with 100 miles of range (shown above), while there is also a new concept model in development (2nd photo) - so it exists mostly as a digital showing, at least for now.

These trial vehicles will deliver the mail from the central London dispatch location.

Arrival is a local EV-builder based out of Oxfordshire, which also just opened a new factory in Banbury.

The second project with Peugeot is more commercial bound for today, as Royal Mail simply straight ordered 100 Partner L2 Electric vans to go into active duty.

The Peugeot Partner EVs should enter service in December.

Paul Gatti, Royal Mail Fleet Director, said:

“Our research has shown that electric vans are a good operational fit with our business and we are delighted to be ordering such a large volume to use in our daily operations. This is good news for our customers and the towns and cities which we serve. It also means we are on the front foot for future changes in emissions legislation.

“Emissions are an important issue for us at Royal Mail and we are continuously looking at new and innovative ways to reduce our carbon footprint and our impact on air quality. Improving the efficiency of our fleet by introducing electric vans is just one example of this.”

As the Royal Mail fleet now counts upwards of 49,000 vehicles in operation today, all the other commercial manufacturers certainly will watch the electrification carefully, and likely look for a piece of the action in the future.

source: Royal Mail, BCC