Royal Mail’s new electric vans unveiled

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The new vehicles will be trialled from today

Royal Mail is commencement trials in London of 9 entirely electric vans with ranges of adult to 100 miles.

The vehicles, that come in several sizes, will discharge post from a executive London depot.

They were constructed by Oxfordshire-based carmaker Arrival, that recently non-stop a new bureau in Banbury.

Another collection of 100 electric vans for Royal Mail has also been systematic from Peugeot.

Having already been trialled by Royal Mail, these will enter use in December.

Arrival says a 9 vehicles it has granted come in sizes of 3 and a half, 6 and 7 and a half tonnes.

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The new electric vans – one of a smaller ones is shown here in a digital describe – have a operation of adult to 100 miles

Although a stream antecedent versions of a vans are propitious with wing mirrors, a mouthpiece for Arrival told a BBC they will be private from a final pattern – as cameras will be used to guard trade to a back instead.

Royal Mail was “delighted” to be collaborating with Arrival, pronounced Paul Gatti, Royal Mail Fleet’s handling director.

“We will be putting them by their paces over a subsequent several months to see how they cope with a mail collection final from a incomparable sites,” he added.

Royal Mail’s swift comprises about 49,000 vehicles in total.

“European postal providers, starting with DHL in Germany, have been holding this proceed for a while now,” pronounced Ananth Srinivasan, a mobility consultant with investigate consultancy Frost Sullivan.

He combined that 5 countries – a UK, Germany, France, Italy and Spain – had a intensity to modify poignant proportions of their fleets to electric vehicles in a entrance years.

“Our investigate indicates that by 2025 these countries might have 100,000 postal use vehicles going electric between them,” he told a BBC.