UK’s Royal Mail has a fleet of around 49,000 vans to transport mail. For a 1-year trial, Royal Mail will use nine prototype trucks from Banbury-based Arrival. Arrival is owned by Russian businessman Denis Sverdlov, known as the inventor of the Yota Phone.
“Cities like London will benefit hugely from a switch to electric, in terms of both pollution and noise,” said Sverdlov in a statement. Arrival says the electric vans are the same price as diesel trucks, which makes the environmentally friendly vehicles more accessible.
“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 tried electric trucks before but not of this type of innovative design,” Paul Gatti, the fleet director of Royal Mail said. The Arrival trucks will come in three sizes: 3.5-tonne, six-tonne, and 7.5-tonne. They will be able to travel for 100 miles on a single charge. The trucks look so nice that even Postman Pat would be envious to have one.
The partnership with Arrival comes just a few weeks after Royal Mail committed to buying 100 all-electric vans from Peugot following a successful trial that began in February. The vans will go into service this December, and Royal Mail is also installing charging points at delivery offices across the UK to support a greener fleet. (Lucian Vinatoriu)