Royal Mail orders 100 electric vans

Royal Mail has announced a partnership with Peugeot today, ordering 100 of its electric vans to deliver the nation’s letters and parcels.

The vans will be a fleet of Peugeot Partner L2s, which boasts a range of 106 miles and a 67hp (49KW) Electric motor. The electric van is based on a similar diesel van that is currently used by posties around the UK.

This move looks like a good one, the vans are perfect for the job, and should encourage other business to follow suit.

Paul Gatti, Royal Mail Fleet Director, said: “Our research has shown that electric vans are a good operational fit with our business and we are delighted to be ordering such a large volume to use in our daily operations. This is good news for our customers and the towns and cities which we serve. It also means we are on the front foot for future changes in emissions legislation.

The move comes only days after the announced plans to ban petrol and diesel vehicles by 2040, the ban will mean only alternatively fueled vehicles would be allowed to be sold in the UK.

CEO of Aston Martin has condemned the ban, saying the move would be “Disastrous Or Pointless“, speaking to Autocar, he said, “It’s not thinking about the consequential effects to the 800,000 people in our industry. It’s not taking into account the impact on things like petrol station garages and the [Ford employees] who have been making engines in Bridgend.”

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