The Royal Mail of the UK will induct electric-powered vehicles for the delivery of letters and other courier staffs in a bid to encourage clean and green energy. The British postal service has announced a trial of nine electric-powered vehicles in London and South-East England. The vehicles are designed by British electric truck company Arrival. According to Business Insider, there will be three size variations of the vehicle—3.5-tonne, six-tonne, and 7.5-tonne. The trucks will have a capacity to cover a distance of 100 miles on a single charge.
Royal Mail Fleet’s Managing Director, Paul Gatti, said, “Royal Mail is delighted to be collaborating with Arrival and pioneering the adoption of large electric commercial vehicles.” “We will be putting them through their paces over the next several months to see how they cope with the mail collection demands from our larger sites, ” Gatti was quoted as saying by Dailymail.co.uk. “We have trialled electric trucks before but not of this type of innovative design and look forward to see what additional benefits they can bring to our existing fleet of around 49,000 vehicles,” he added.
The Royal Mail has around 49,000 vehicles transporting mail from individual post boxes and offices to centres, distribution locations and finally the recipients they are intended to be delivered to, as per Wired. Arrival has said the trucks which are being tested will be manufactured in its new 110,000 square foot factory in the Midlands. The company claimed that the factory, which is entirely built by robots, will be able to produce 50,000 vehicles per year.