Royal Mail testing electric vans

The firm will begin trials using 3.5 six and 7.5 tonne trucks from their Mount Pleasant depot in central London

Royal Mail testing electric vans

The UK's largest delivery company Royal Mail, will trial nine large commercial electric vehicles (EVs) to deliver mail across London and the South East, with charging stations also installed by the firm at its London-based mail centre.

The postal operator has linked up with automotive technology company Arrival to trial nine fully electric commercial vehicles that will be used to transport packages between mail distribution centres in London and the surrounding area.

The major United Kingdom postal service company launched a pilot initiative to test how electric vans will perform while moving mail between large depots.

The trucks themselves are made of ultra-lightweight composite materials that significantly reduce the weight of the vehicle.

As Wired notes, Royal Mail has already ordered 100 electric vans from Peugeot, which will be used by postmen and postwomen.

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Trials will begin with three 6-tonne vans, followed by three 3.5-tonne vans and another three 7.5-tonne vans later. Six larger (six- and seven and a half-tonne) electric postal vans (also from Arrival) will also be put into action alongside the adorable vans.

Mr Denis Sverdlov, CEO of Arrival said; 'We are thrilled to partner with Royal Mail using our electric vehicles. This is good news for our customers and the towns and cities which we serve.

'Cities like London will benefit hugely from a switch to electric, in terms of both pollution and noise.

Paul Gatti, managing director of Royal Mail's fleet said: "We will be putting the Arrival vehicles through their paces over the next several months to see how they cope with the mail collection demands from our larger sites". Arrival says the electric vans are the same price as diesel trucks, which makes the environmentally friendly vehicles more accessible.

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