Royal Mail tests electric delivery; NEWS IN BRIEF.
ROYAL Mail will soon begin to use some electric powered delivery vehicles.
The move is a part of a trial involving nine electric-powered commercial vehicles starting later this month in partnership with carmaker Arrival.
The postal operator will begin the trials, based at Mount Pleasant Mail Centre in London, with three 6-tonne trucks from August, followed by three 3.5-tonne vehicles and another three 7.5-tonne trucks later in 2017. The centre has already been fitted with charging stations.
The vehicles will be used to transport mail between mail distribution centres in London and the south east.
The co-branded red Royal Mail electric vehicles are the first trial vehicles to be produced at Arrival's new factory in Banbury.
Paul Gatti, Royal Mail Fleet's managing director, said: "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."