Parcel and letter deliveries by Royal Mail will soon be made with the use of electric taxi vans.
Royal Mail has teamed with the manufacturer of commercial electric vehicles (EVs), the London Electric Vehicle Company, to trial its new prototype electric van, which is based on a typical London taxi cab.
The trial is part of the British postal service and courier company’s efforts to curb its carbon dioxide emissions across its operations.
Fully chargeable at the local delivery office, the 2.9-tonne small van is designed to operate at lengthy distances on a stop-and-start basis, minimising the carbon footprint of its delivery services comparable to a typical postal round.
One van will be trialled on delivery rounds in large cities in the next six months, including locations in Derby, Leeds, Edinburgh and Bristol – the low emission vehicle trial begins this week in Hockley, near Birmingham.
Paul Gatti, Fleet Director at Royal Mail, 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.”