In London and the South East, Royal Mail is rolling another out 190 electric vans, which will join the 100 electric van fleet already operating in the area. Notably, vans in this fleet will be painted green, unlike the traditional red colour of Royal Mail.
The new fleet will be made up of a mix of Mercedes-Benz eVito and Peugeot Partner vans. This move will also approximately triple Royal Mail’s electric fleet.
Charging for the new vehicles can be done overnight in “between six and eight hours”, which enables a range between 93 and 106 miles. They come in sizes of either 3.7 cubic metres or 6.3 cubic metres.
Paul Gatti, Royal Mail fleet director, said: “As a Company, we are committed to making changes to our operations that reduce our environmental impact, whilst ensuring we continue to meet customer expectations.” He added that the electric vehicle trial was designed to help them “deliver letters and parcels safely, efficiently and in the most environmentally-friendly way possible.”