Royal Mail adding 190 electric vans to fleet

Royal Mail is adding 190 fully electric vans to its fleet. They are to run on routes in London and the South East, and add to the 100 already in use.

The new Mercedes eVito and Peugeot Partner electric vans are to be even more visible as they are painted in green livery as opposed to red. The vehicles range in capacity from 3.7 cubic metres to 6.3 cubic metres and are to operate on the usual routes run by internal combustion engine vans.

From July they will be running on routes out of Whitechapel, Islington, Bexleyheath, Dartford and Orpington in Kent amongst others.

Royal Mail fleet director Paul Gatti said: “This trial is part of a programme of initiatives across our business that will ensure we can continue to deliver letters and parcels safely, efficiently and in the most environmentally-friendly way possible.”

The company said it has reduced its overall carbon emissions by 29 per cent since 2004, while its “Feet on the Street” network of 90,000 postmen and women plays a key role in keeping its carbon emissions low.

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