Royal Mail’s trials of fully electric trucks are to come under focus at next May’s Microlise Transport Conference as the organisation continues to explore plans for widescale adoption of EVs.
Earlier this autumn, the UK postal service took delivery of the first in a consignment of nine EVs, covering 3.5, 6.0 and 7.5-tonne vehicles, developed by automotive technology firm Arrival (formerly known as Charge Auto) and capable of travelling for 100 miles on a single charge. Royal Mail is currently using these vehicles in and around London to move mail between its distribution centres in the city and its mail centres.
At the Microlise conference in May 2018, Grahame Bennett, Royal Mail’s head of fleet engineering, will talk about the trial while Matt Key, chief of business development at Arrival, will discuss the technology and future plans.
“We aim to give every fleet the opportunity to change the way it transports goods and make our towns and cities better places to live in,” said Matt Key. “The Royal Mail trial is an important step in making affordable, elegant, quiet, clean and safe vehicles and to remove the main barriers by pricing them in line with conventional trucks.”
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