Royal Mail and EDF agree EV charging infrastructure deal

Royal Mail and EDF Group have agreed to a deal to set up Royal Mail’s electric vehicle infrastructure.

This is part of the Royal Mail commitment under the Optimise Prime Project, the largest commercial electric vehicle project in the world.

Initially EDF is to install charging points for Royal Mail at its depots and sorting centres across the SE of England. It is also a maintenance contract and will cover ancillary items such as signs, bollards and wheel stops. There is an option to extend the deal both geographically and over time.

Philippe Commaret, Managing Director for Customers at EDF, said: “The fact that the largest fleet operator in Europe has committed to such an ambitious project is a turning point in our journey to a low-carbon future.

“Working with Royal Mail to install EV infrastructure at their UK sites will allow them to accelerate towards an electric future, and hopefully inspire other businesses to follow suit.”

Paul Gatti, Fleet Director at Royal Mail Group, said: “As we continue to realise our EV ambitions, we are careful to choose the right partners along the journey. We chose to work with EDF Energy – not just as a supplier – but also as a solutions partner to implement our new sustainability strategy. Over the three years we are confident that, alongside EDF Energy, we can deliver the infrastructure needed to power Europe’s largest commercial fleet of EVs.”