As we approach the 2030 ban on new fossil-fuelled vehicles, many businesses are getting ahead of the game and implementing carbon-free solutions in their company. Royal Mail are swapping their red vans for electric vehicles and striving to ensure they have greener solutions in their large corporation. So, what should you know about the new electric fleets? Find out here.
The iconic red vans are seemingly being replaced with greener and carbon-free solutions. Royal Mail has been the main postal provider for the UK since its inception in 1516. As the government begins to implement various environmentally friendly goals, it appears Royal Mail is following suit.
The company has begun to deploy electric vehicles and vans across the country. Currently, there are around 100 electric vehicles, from offices including Belfast, Nottingham and London. However, this is set to only improve.
Peugeot Electric Vehicles
To increase the size of its expanding fleet of electric vehicles, Royal Mail is acquiring an additional 2,000 new Peugeot electric vehicles for workforces across the UK. By the spring of 2023, the national delivery service should have over 5,000 electric vehicles in use thanks to the purchase of new Peugeot e-Expert and e-Partner vans.
But, what does this mean for the postage system? These A 50kWh battery powers the Peugeot e-Partner, giving it a range of up to 171 miles (WLTP). The vehicle has a payload capacity of up to 800kg and a load volume of 4.4m3 (equal to its diesel equivalent). On the other hand, the Peugeot e-Expert is offered with a 50kWh or 75kWh battery and has a range of up to 143 and 205 miles, respectively.
Other Electric Vehicles Transport
Whilst Royal Mail is electrifying its postal fleet, there are other large transport companies that are following suit. First Bus has expanded its zero-emission public roll-out by ordering a total of 193 electric buses from UK vendor Wrightbus.
The 193 buses will be distributed across the five Local Authority regions that First Bus collaborated with to win the ZEBRA money. With 68 buses arriving in Leicester, 44 will travel to York, 32 to Leeds, 15 to Norwich, and 34 to Portsmouth.
What Charging Solutions Are Available?
For this roll-out of electric vehicles and vans in day-to-day society, we also must address how these vehicles will charge. There are two options here. One is to install charge points onto sites, where electric vehicles can overnight charge whilst parked. These electric chargers would most likely require level 1 charging, which is ideal for 8 hours.
Or, Royal Mail and other transport companies should consider portable electric vehicle chargers. This way, chargers can travel with the vehicle in case of an emergency. Perfect for fleets that drive up and down the country or need to make various stops. For more information on how businesses can start electrifying their fleets, read our previous blog here.
Elite EV Charge
At Elite, our team provides temporary and permanent portable EV chargers for businesses and events across the UK. Based in Surrey, we focus on ensuring electric vehicles have access to charging facilities no matter how off-grid or remote the location may be.