The Royal Mail has launched a trial of fully electric delivery trucks from its Mount Pleasant depot in central London. The 12-month pilot comprises a nine-vehicle fleet of 3.5, 6 and 7.5 tonne trucks build by UK-based manufacturer Arrivalpreviously known as Charge Auto.
The vehicles, which are made out of ultra-lightweight composite materials, will be charged onsite and have a range of 100 miles. Royal Mail estimates that the vehicles will cost 50% less to operate than those its current fleet.
Arrival CEO Denis Sverdlov says the trucks have been priced the same as their diesel counterparts to remove the main hurdle to going electric.
Earlier this year, Royal Mail inked a deal with Peugeot for 100 Partner L2 electric vans for deployment as smaller delivery vehicles to be used by postal workers on their rounds. The EV fleet will be rolled out in late-December supported by a comprehensive rollout of charging infrastructure.
The Royal Mail will be eligible for the ‘Plug in Van Grant’ from the Office for Low Emission Vehicles to support vehicle capex. The grant covers 20% of the cost of vans.
Also in the UK, Menzies Distribution has acquired what may be the market’s largest all-electric fleet following its purchase of London-based last-mile delivery outfit Gnewt Cargo, which racked up 3 million deliveries in the capital last year via its EVs.
Menzies says the Gnewt acquisition is an opportunity for the company to advance its sustainability agenda, with the Gnewt model demonstrating that goods can be moved in and around city centres while minimising environmental impacts.
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