Royal Mail have announced that they now have over 3,000 electric delivery vans in it’s fleet with many being found in low emission zones around London, Bristol, Glasgow, Cambridge and Oxford.
To celebrate the deployment of the 3000th electric delivery van, Royal Mail CEO, Simon Thompson and MP for Peterborough, Paul Bristow, made a visit to Peterborough Delivery Office to see the see the fleet in operation.
Environment is the next battleground for businesses, and we are determined to lead. We already have the lowest emissions per parcel and have set an ambitious target to reduce to 50 gCO2e, about the same as having a cup of tea with milk. The transition to electric vehicles is a key part of our strategy to reduce our emissions whilst delivering a seven-day parcel service to our customers.– Simon Thompson, CEO, Royal Mail
So far, 70 delivery offices across the country have made the transition to move to either full or part electric deliveries and collections. The first site that went live with an all-electric fleet was Bristol in June 2021, and the most recent go live with the expectation to achieve 100% electrification, is Letchworth – who started the journey in July 2022.
I loved driving this electric vehicle today at the Royal Mail Delivery Office and Mail Centre in Werrington. It’s important the Royal Mail invest in electric vehicles as they are better for their staff as well as the environment.
The last time I was at the office I was collecting a letter so to see everything behind the scenes was brilliant. Thank you to all the hard-working staff and our posties!– Paul Bristow, MP for Peterborough
In addition to the vehicles already in use, the business is announcing a deal signed for a further 2,000 electric Peugeot vehicles.
The new vehicles comprise 1000 Peugeot Partner and 1000 Peugeot Expert models and are due to be delivered to the business from August as part of the company’s plans to have 5,500 EVs by Spring 2023.