Royal Mail tests e-delivery trikes

Royal Mail is piloting the use of eight e-delivery trikes for six months to test their economics of emissions reduction in London and other urban centres.

The e-delivery trikes are like e-bikes – predominantly pedal powered – with 250 watt motors, solar panels and brake electric regeneration technology.

The eight Royal Mail e-delivery trikes are to be tested in Stratford (London), Cambridge and Sutton Coldfield in the next few weeks. If the results are positive Royal Mail will make a large order.

The e-delivery trikes will carry letters, most parcels and cards, and are able to operate on cycle lanes and roads.

David Gold, director of public affairs & policy at Royal Mail, said: “We are committed to making changes to our operations which reduce our environmental impact whilst ensuring we continue to meet customer expectations.

“Alongside our ongoing transformation programme and the introduction of electric vans in locations across our business, 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 responsibly.”

Will Norman, London’s walking and cycling commissioner, said: “I’m delighted that Royal Mail is trialling e-trikes which will take polluting vehicles off our streets, helping to reduce congestion and clean up London’s toxic air.

“I hope this trial will be extended and other delivery companies follow Royal Mail’s lead so that many more communities can benefit.”

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