Published on September 19th, 2018 | by Sam Rose
Electric Vans Introduced by Royal Mail
In a new low-emissions initiative, the Royal Mail have deployed six electric vans from their delivery office in Hythe, Hampshire.
The new electric vans are currently in use and are being drove by postmen and postwomen during daily delivery rounds. By putting the new vans on the road, Royal Mail joins a small group of UK businesses who have put electric vehicles into use. The vans forms as part of several new ways that the Royal Mail hope will reduce their overall carbon footprint, whilst also delving into exciting and innovative new methods to progress their operations.
‘A Good Operational Fit for the Business’
Speaking more on the new electric vans being deployed onto the road, Royal Mail Fleet director, Paul Gatti comments: “Our research has shown that electric vans are a good operational fit with our business. We are delighted to be using them 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.”
Electric Vans to Replace Older Vehicles
The historic move is also being cited as a way to introduce newer and more reliable vehicles into the Royal Mail’s fleet. For its larger commercial vehicles, the Royal Mail is also planning to turn to electric when transporting larger mail within its network. The discussion surrounding plans for this has not yet happened but come off the back of Royal Mail’s business target of reducing its overall carbon emissions. According to their recent report, the company has already met this initial target in the UK by 20% for the period of 2010-2021.
Royal Mail’s use of telemetry throughout 2017-2018 has also been a way for the company to conserve its overall vehicle fuel usage. According to statistics, the Royal Mail have managed to save approximately 500,000 litres of diesel so far, equating to a reduction of almost 1,300 tonnes of CO2.
The Royal Mail are planning to roll out electric vans across the country over the next few years, so be sure to keep an eye out for one driving in your area soon.
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