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UK's Royal Mail kicks off electric delivery van trials

The trials will see various versions of the electric trucks start rolling out of Royal Mail's Mount Pleasant depot in central London this week
The trials will see various versions of the electric trucks start rolling out of Royal Mail's Mount Pleasant depot in central London this week
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Mail service in London is about to get a little bit greener
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Mail service in London is about to get a little bit greener
Arrival, formerly known as Charge Auto, crafted the electric vehicles specifically to be used by Royal Mail
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Arrival, formerly known as Charge Auto, crafted the electric vehicles specifically to be used by Royal Mail
The trials will see various versions of the electric trucks start rolling out of Royal Mail's Mount Pleasant depot in central London this week
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The trials will see various versions of the electric trucks start rolling out of Royal Mail's Mount Pleasant depot in central London this week
Royal Mail's new electric delivery vans offer a range of 100 miles (160 km)
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Royal Mail's new electric delivery vans offer a range of 100 miles (160 km)

Postal delivery in London is about to get a little bit greener, with Royal Mail launching trials of nine fully electric mail vans. Made for Royal Mail by UK company Arrival, the shiny new vehicles have been built to carry out inner city deliveries, and will begin ferrying packages around the city this week.

Arrival, formerly known as Charge Auto, crafted the electric vehicles specifically to be used by Royal Mail, using ultralight composite materials and a battery-to-weight ratio that offers a 100-mile range (160 km).

Kicking off this week, the trials will see 3.5, 6 and 7.5-ton versions of the trucks start rolling out of Royal Mail's Mount Pleasant depot in central London. From there, they will carry packages between mail centers in the city and surrounding areas.

"Royal Mail is delighted to be collaborating with Arrival and pioneering the adoption of large electric commercial vehicles," said Paul Gatti, Royal Mail Fleet's Managing Director. "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. 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."

Source: Arrival

5 comments
Grunchy
Obviously, "Postman Pat".
Joshua Tulberg
That truck is way too good looking to be for commercial delivery.
ljaques
Notice how they quietly didn't mention the question of costs? The black and white photos on the Arrival site make them look like Cyclopses. The red ones are kinda cute, like mini London double-decker buses.
chase
Real nice look to them. It would be nice to see a hybrid that could get longer range. And to made available to the public.
Tom Lee Mullins
I think that is one cool looking mail truck. It looks like it would be at home in a futuristic science fiction movie. I like it.