Royal Mail to expand its electric fleet ‘tenfold’

Royal Mail is planning to add 3,000 electric vehicles to its UK fleet. With procurement due to start in October, this would increase the number of electric vehicles in the fleet to around 3,300.

Initially, electric vans will be introduced into low-emission zones and green cities. Royal Mail will also install charging stations in all delivery offices where the e-transporters are to be stationed.

Although Royal Mail itself has not specified a van brand or a timetable, procurement will start in October and most of the vehicles will likely be Peugeot and Mercedes models, it is expected.

Royal Mail has already used electric transporters from Peugeot and Mercedes for previous small-scale purchases, and the loading capacities match those of previously purchased vehicles from the two manufacturers.

As well as being the right step for the environment, employees and communities, Royal Mail CEO Simon Thompson said that electric vehicles “increasingly make more economic sense for the company than diesel vehicles in the long-term”.

Thanks to its “feet on the street” approach to delivery, Mr Thompson saw Royal Mail as the clear leader with 85,000 postal delivery staff members in the UK with the lowest emissions per parcel.

In May, Royal Mail unveiled the first delivery depot in Bristol with an all-electric fleet of collection and delivery vehicles.

This involved the Bristol East Central Delivery Office in the Easton area of the city replacing 23 diesel vehicles with electric ones and installing six charging points. Bristol was chosen because of its Clean Air Zone (CAZ), where certain vehicles have to pay a daily fee to enter the centre.

“Electrification of our vehicle fleet will strengthen our advantage,” said Mr Thompson. “That’s good for our customers, our people & the planet. We look forward to working with vehicle manufacturers and government to increase supply so we can accelerate our transition to electric vehicles in the UK.”

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