Royal Mail turns first delivery office fleet to EVs

The last-mile fleet of Royal Mail’s Bristol East delivery office has now been turned over to 100% electric vehicles.

Some 23 diesel vans at the site in Easton have been replaced with fully electric vans. Six charging points have been installed on the site, and 100% of the electricity supplying the site will be renewable energy.

Royal Mail selected Bristol for its first 100% electric fleet as the local government is planning a Clean Air Zone. Other delivery fleets are set to go all-electric soon with towns and cities planning Clean Air Zones prioritised.

As well as producing fewer pollutants, the electric vans have up to 60% more payload space and thanks to the simplicity of their drivetrains compared to that of diesel engines, are set to have a lower total cost of ownership and greater reliability. They have a typical range of 125 miles per charge, dependent on weather and load size.

Simon Thompson, Chief Executive Officer at Royal Mail said: “It’s clear to me that customers increasingly want less environmentally impacting deliveries. And as a Company, we believe it’s the right thing to do. We are delighted to transform Bristol East Central into the very first Royal Mail ‘all-electric’ Delivery Office. This is a really positive step and will help us assess the impact of these changes on both our customers and our people when compared conventional delivery offices.”

Mayor of Bristol Marvin Rees said: “It’s fantastic news that Royal Mail has chosen Bristol for its first ever all-electric Delivery Office. Their 23 electric vehicles will join Bristol’s 99 bio-gas buses already on our streets in reducing emissions and improving air quality. We want to support people and businesses in transitioning our fleet to cleaner and more efficient vehicles. The investment in these vehicles and their network supports the important work of distribution across Bristol, as well as contributing to our economy as we recover from the Covid pandemic.”

CWU Bristol & District Branch Secretary, Rob Wotherspoon said: “This is not just about the fight against climate change but about the air that our communities breathe. It’s great to see Royal Mail leading the charge for clean air and zero carbon delivery in Bristol.”

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