Royal Mail goes electric with 100 plug-in Peugeot vans

  • The new all-electric Peugeot vans will go into service from December

Royal Mail will purchase 100 electric Peugeot vans and install commensurate charging infrastructure across its network, according to an announcement from the organisation today.  

The Peugeot Partner L2 Electric vans are fully electric plug-in vehicles, and will be used by delivery offices around the UK for delivering letters and parcels. The order results from Royal Mail's extensive trials with the new model.

Paul Gatti, Royal Mail Fleet Director, said: "Our research has shown that electric vans are an excellent 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."

The Peugeot Partner L2 Electric was launched earlier this year. With a lithium-ion battery built into the vehicle below the load floor and a 49kW (67hp) electric motor, this zero-emission vehicle should reduce local pollution on the routes it operates on.

Its 106-mile range and 552kg payload shouldn't pose too much of a restriction to Royal Mail, either.

"With electric vehicles firmly on the agenda this week, there couldn’t be a better time to announce this landmark deal with the Royal Mail", says PSA Group Fleet Director Martin Gurney. 

"The order was won after Royal Mail carried out extensive trials with the Partner Electric. It’s a tribute to their performance in the trials that PEUGEOT Electric vans will soon be helping Royal Mail to significantly reduce the environmental impact of its delivery fleet."

This year marks 120 years since Royal Mail began using motorised vehicles to deliver post. It now operates the largest vehicle fleet in the UK, with over 47,000 cars, vans, trucks and lorries. 

Royal Mail is understood to be trialling several types of electric vehicle, from small vans such as this Peugeot, all the way up the 26-tonne lorries. The new electric vans will go into service from December.

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