Going electric

Earlier in 2021, we at Royal Mail announced a ten-fold increase in the number of electric vehicles in our fleet with plans to introduce around 3,000 additional electric vans throughout the UK. The vehicles, liveried in traditional Royal Mail red, are a new chapter in our ongoing drive to reduce operational emissions.

The vehicles are specially designed to help postmen and women deliver letters and parcels in a secure and environmentally-friendly way. With load capacities ranging from around 3.7m3 to 6.3m3, the vehicles will operate as part of Royal Mail’s usual delivery routes.

 

All-electric Delivery Offices

The roll out of the electric vans has initially focused on ultra-low emission zones and green cities. We have also introduced all-electric Delivery Offices. For example, in May we announced the launch of our first ever Delivery Office to feature an all-electric fleet of collection and delivery vehicles. The Bristol East Central Delivery Office, located in the City’s Easton area, has had its 23 diesel delivery and collection vans replaced by fully electric equivalents – comprising the Office’s entire collection and delivery fleet. Six electric charging posts and 12 charging points have also been installed on the site as part of the transformation. In October, we launched our first Delivery Office in Scotland to feature an all-electric fleet of collection and delivery vehicles.  We are expecting more than 40 delivery offices to go ‘all electric’ by Spring 2022, with more to follow.

 

Micro electric vehicles

As well as vans, we also recently announced an upcoming trial of micro electric vehicles across a number of UK towns and cities, as part of Royal Mail’s drive to further reduce emissions associated with our operations, while adapting to the rapidly changing mail bag. Royal Mail is trialling two types of micro electric vehicles for letter and small parcel deliveries: the Paxster Cargo and the Ligier Pulse 4.

 

Delivering on foot wherever possible means Royal Mail has the lowest CO2e emissions per parcel

With the UK's largest "Feet on the Street" network of over 85,000 postmen and women, Royal Mail already has the lowest reported CO2e emissions per parcel amongst major UK delivery companies. The expansion of alternative fuel vehicles demonstrates our commitment to reducing emissions associated with our operations, and to delivering a cleaner future.

Electric vans in Bristol

Our micro electric vehicles

Electric charging points in Glasgow