Royal Mail has announced plans for a 10-fold increase in the number of electric vehicles (EVs) it uses across its fleet in the UK.
It intends to add around 3,000 additional, low-emission vans as part of the company’s ongoing drive to reduce its operational emissions.
The roll out of the vans will initially focus on ultra-low emission zones and green cities, with additional charging points installed at all the delivery offices set to receive the vehicles.
Business and Energy Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng welcomed the news: “I am sure customers will be delighted to know that that while their local postie’s van may be red on the outside, it’s greener than ever at heart. The UK is leading the world in tackling climate change and action like this from UK businesses will be crucial as we look to build back greener from the pandemic.”
In May, Royal Mail announced the launch of 29 low emission gas powered trucks, fuelled by bio-compressed natural gas (Bio-CNG), which emit roughly 84% less CO2 equivalent than a typical diesel-fuelled vehicle of the same size.
In addition, the company launched its first ever delivery office – the Bristol East Central Delivery Office – to feature an all-electric fleet of collection and delivery vehicles.
Simon Thompson, CEO of Royal Mail added: “Due to our feet on the street delivery model, we are the clear leader in low emissions per parcel in the UK. Electrification of our vehicle fleet will strengthen our advantage. That’s good for our customers, our people & the planet.
“We look forward to working with vehicle manufacturers and government to increase supply so we can accelerate our transition to electric vehicles in the UK. It matters to our customers and it matters to us.”