Royal Mail is set to test new ways of transporting the country’s mail. They have announced they will be trialling nine electric-powered commercial vehicles in partnership with Arrival (previously Charge).
The trials will take place at Royal Mail’s Mount Pleasant Mail Centre in London, which will begin with three six-tonne trucks from August, followed by three 3.5-tonne vehicles and three 7.5-tonne trucks towards the end of 2017. This mail centre has already been fitted with electric charging stations.
The Royal Mail will be the first organisation to trial this new technology from Arrival whose production base is in Banbury, Oxfordshire but for now the vehicles will only be used to transport mail to and from distribution centres in London and the South East.
Paul Gatti, managing director of Royal Mail Fleet, said: “Royal Mail is delighted to be collaborating with Arrival and pioneering the adoption of large electric commercial vehicles.
“We are pleased to be the first fleet operator to take delivery of and trial these new larger payload vehicles which will complement the 100 electric vans we recently ordered.
“We will be putting them through their paces over the next several months to see how they cope with the mail collection demands from our larger sites.
“Royal Mail is trialling a variety of vehicles to see which work best for us and are keen to share our experience with other fleet operators who may be considering introducing electric vehicles.
“We have trialled electric trucks before but not of this type of design and look forward to see what additional benefits they can bring to our existing fleet of around 49,000 vehicles.”