Royal Mail testing Eco-Friendly Electric Mail Delivery Vans!
Without the mail system, society will probably grind to a screeching halt in a few days. Mail delivery trucks are at the forefront of delivering mail in a timely fashion so business and legal documents get to where they need to be on time. Due to the large number of mail delivery trucks in a city and the time spent on the road, the impact of these fossil fuel burning vehicles on the environment is extremely significant. That’s why Royal Mail one of the largest mail delivery services in the world is testing fully electric mail delivery vans from Oxfordshire based automaker Arrival to replace its large fleet of delivery vans.
Arrival’s new electric vans are among the first vehicles rolling off the production line at the company’s new Banbury manufacturing facility which has the capacity to manufacture up to 50,000 electric vans per year using robotic technology and artificial intelligence. Royal mail will begin testing nine commercial vans of different sizes 3.5-tonne, 6-tonne and 7.5-tonne with ranges up to 100 miles from their central London depot carrying parcels and other packages to various parts of the city and surrounding areas. The ultimate goal, if test deliveries are successful is to replace the entire fleet of Royal Mail delivery vans with their new eco-friendly greener alternatives.
Royal Mail’s testing of electric vans from Arrival follows successful testing of similar electric vans in February from the French automaker Peugeot from which the company has already committed to purchasing 100 all-electric vans that will go into service in December 2017 after the installation of charging points at delivery offices across the United Kingdom. Royal Mail’s adoption of electric mail delivery vehicles hopes to set a precedent for mail delivery services in cities across the world to adopt more environmentally friendly greener alternatives for delivering the mail.