Royal Mail rolls out another 87 electric vans


Royal Mail is adding another 87 electric vehicles to its London fleet. The vans, Mercedes eVitos and Peugeot Partners, will arrive at the Mount Pleasant depot over the next two months.

The vehicles will be used in the Optimise Prime project, a back-to-base smart charging project funded through Ofgem’s innovation allowance, which also involves Hitachi and UK Power Networks.

Royal Mail fleet director, Paul Gatti, said the firm the vehicles “allow the business to continue to deliver letters and parcels safely, efficiently and in the most environmentally-friendly way possible as we continue to shift to low emission technologies.”

Meanwhile, EDF has signed a deal to supply Royal Mail’s charging infrastructure in the South East as part of the Optimise Prime project.

UKPN and Optimise Prime partners will outline the project’s early learning at The EV Event, 22-23 April, Silverstone. The conference and exhibition is free to attend. Details here.

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