Royal Mail starts beefing up BEV fleet

Royal Mail has announced it is buying 100 battery electric vehicle (BEV) Peugeot Partner L2 vans.

The BEV vans will go into service from this December at a number of delivery offices around the UK. Royal Mail is rolling out charging infrastructure to support this fleet purchase.

Peugeot won the tender for the fleet after Royal Mail trialled the Partner BEV vans.

In a statement issued yesterday by Peugeot, Paul Gatti, Royal Mail Fleet Director, said: “Our research has shown that electric vans are a good operational fit with our business and we are delighted to be ordering such a large volume to use in our daily operations. This is good news for our customers and the towns and cities which we serve. It also means we are on the front foot for future changes in emissions legislation.

“Emissions are an important issue for us at Royal Mail and we are continuously looking at new and innovative ways to reduce our carbon footprint and our impact on air quality. Improving the efficiency of our fleet by introducing electric vans is just one example of this.”

The news comes after a raft of announcements from the government that should make it easier for fleet owners to go over to zero and low emissions vehicles. Apex Insight reported today how the government is considering allowing drivers with a B license to drive BEVs of up to 4250kg instead of 2500kg diesel vans. The government is also looking at how to put much heavier BEV HGVs on the roads. With one of the biggest fleets in the UK, Royal Mail will be a key beneficiary of such moves.

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