Royal Mail trials LEVC hybrid van

Royal Mail is trialling a hybrid electric London taxi conversion as a delivery vehicle.

The London Electric Vehicle Company (LEVC) 2.9 tonne small van is to deliver parcels and letters on typical postal delivery rounds. The vehicle can be charged at a delivery office and reduces overall emissions on the route comparable to a traditional diesel vehicle.

The first Royal Mail LEVC van is to be trialled over the next six months in Derby, Leeds, Edinburgh and Bristol. It starts operation 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. Alongside the introduction of electric vans in locations across our business, this trial is part of a programme of initiatives that allow us to experiment with ways to achieve this, whilst enabling us to continue to deliver letters and parcels safely, efficiently and responsibly.”

Joerg Hofmann, LEVC CEO, commented: “Royal Mail is one of the oldest postal services in the world and, like our London black cab, is part of British history and culture. It is great that these two iconic brands are joining forces for this trial. The VN5 prototypes will wear the iconic Royal Mail red livery and be used on routes that will test the vehicles ability to the full. These trials are crucial to the final development of the van, ahead of its launch later this year.”