Royal Mail: reducing emissions with electric vehicles

By Georgia Wilson
Leading postal delivery provider, Royal Mail, is set to deploy 87 new electric vehicles to one of its largest mail centres in London - Mount Pleasant...

Leading postal delivery provider, Royal Mail, is set to deploy 87 new electric vehicles to one of its largest mail centres in London - Mount Pleasant.

To reduce its fleet emissions in the UK capital - London - Royal Mail has added 87 new electric vehicles to its largest mail centre in the area, known as Mount Pleasant, making it one of the largest commercial electric vehicle charging points in London. 

Currently, the company has 30 operational vehicles which deliver letters and parcels in selected locations in the capital and surrounding areas. Royal Mail plans to roll out the remaining 57 vehicles during February and March. 

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The new vehicles include Mercedes-Benz eVito and Peugeot Partner vans which have been specially designed to help postmen and women to complete deliveries securely and sustainably.

  • Load capacity: 3.7m3 - 6.3m3 

The new vehicles form part of Royal Mail’s involvement in the Optimise Prime project - an industry-led, Network Innovation Competition (NIC) funded project, that is investigating the effects of electrical vehicles in the distribution sector.

To date, the Royal Mail has reduced its overall carbon emissions by 29% since 2004 and has one of the UK’s largest ‘feet on the street’ postal network of 90,000 postmen and women.

“As a company, we are committed to making changes to our operations that reduce our environmental impact, while ensuring we continue to meet customer expectations. We are delighted that we can expand our fleet in London with more electric vehicles. This will allow the business to continue to deliver letters and parcels safely, efficiently and in the most environmentally-friendly way possible as we continue to shift to low emission technologies.”

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