Royal Mail’s royally electric vans

24 October 2017

Credit: Arrival

The Royal Mail has prepared its eco-friendly project by trialling 9 fully electric vehicles – which can travel up to 100 miles. They are planned to enter service in December.

With over 49,000 vehicles, the Royal Mail is the UK’s largest fleet, and having already ordered over 100 Peugeot electric vans for use in December, it has recently taken on board 9 Arrival electric vans, which vary in weight from 3.5 to 7.5 tonnes. Trials of this technology are currently underway.

The Arrival vans are built from ultra-lightweight composite materials and will use rear-view cameras (rather than the wing mirrors seen in their current prototypes).

As opposed to home deliveries, the vehicles will be used for various distribution centres across London – from Royal Mail’s central London ‘Mount Pleasant’ depot.

While they will not offer self-driving applications (a characteristic of Arrival vehicles, where legislation allows), the future continues to look promising for such technology: according to Ananth Srinivasan, a mobility expert with Frost & Sullivan, alongside Germany, France, Italy and Spain, the UK could well see a dramatic increase in electric vehicles in their fleets.

Said Srinivasan, "Our research indicates that by 2025 these countries may have 100,000 postal service vehicles going electric between them.”


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