September 21, 2017 at 4:37 PM
Royal Mail, perhaps known best for their iconic red post vans, are currently trialling a series of electric powered commercial vehicles in partnership with Oxford-based Arrival. Based at Royal Mail's Mount Pleasant Mail Centre in London, which has already been fitted out with charging facilities, the trucks will transport the nation's mail between distribution centres in London and South-East England. The trial began with three 6-tonne trucks last month, and the trial will grow to include three 3.5-tonne vans and three 7.5-tonne models before the end of 2017 The emission-free commercial vehicles will be co-branded with Arrival - formally known as Charge Auto, in Royal Mail's iconic pillar box red colour scheme.
“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,” said Paul Gatti, Royal Mail Fleet’s managing director.
This year marks 120 years of delivering mail with motorised vehicles for Royal Mail. Today, Royal Mail operates the UK's largest fleet totalling more than 47,000 vehicles - from small delivery vans up to double-decker articulated lorries.
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