Royal Mail to Trial e-Trikes In The UK

Royal Mail

Royal Mail will shortly be holding its first ever trial of zero-emission e-trikes in the UK. 

In the coming weeks, Royal Mail will kick-off its trial of e-trikes in an effort to help postal workers deliver mail in a more environmentally friendly way.

The e-trikes are able to carry cards, letters and most parcels and are able to run on some cycle paths. The hope is that they will help reduce road danger, congestion, the number of Royal Mail vans on the road and air pollution whilst keeping the mail moving.

1200mm wide x 1968mm high, the Italian made vehicles are powered by a combination of solar, battery, pedal and brake technology. The e-trikes are pedal assisted by a battery aided motor, which is recharged by mains power and supplemented by solar panels fitted to the vehicles.

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The trial will see eight of the vehicles put to work in Stratford, east London, Cambridge and Sutton Coldfield over a six month period. These pioneering e-trikes are the first-of-a-kind for Royal Mail, which traditionally has been dependent on motorised vehicles for over a century.

Depending on the outcome of the trial, Royal Mail will decide whether or not to expand the trial more widely across the UK. If Royal Mail decides to go ahead it would see the e-trikes take to the roads of Glasgow.

The organisation has also announced plans to expand its fleet of 100 electric vans through its participation in the recently announced Optimise Prime project.

David Gold, director of public affairs & policy at Royal Mail, said: “We are committed to making changes to our operations which reduce our environmental impact whilst ensuring we continue to meet customer expectations.

“Alongside our ongoing transformation programme and the introduction of electric vans in locations across our business, this trial is part of a programme of initiatives across our business that will ensure we can continue to deliver letters and parcels safely, efficiently and responsibly.”

Will Norman, London’s walking and cycling commissioner, said: “I’m delighted that Royal Mail is trialling e-trikes which will take polluting vehicles off our streets, helping to reduce congestion and clean up London’s toxic air.

“I hope this trial will be extended and other delivery companies follow Royal Mail’s lead so that many more communities can benefit.”

Will Norman, London’s Walking and Cycling Commissioner, said: “I’m delighted that Royal Mail is trialling e-trikes which will take polluting vehicles off our streets – helping to reduce congestion and clean up London’s toxic air.

“I hope this trial will be extended and other delivery companies follow Royal Mail’s lead so that many more communities can benefit.”



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