Royal Mail will launch trial with nine fully electric mail delivery vans in London inner city area, which are produced by UK company Arrival, former known as Charge Auto.

Vans in 3,5, 6 and 7,5-ton versions, which will carry packages between mail centers in the city and surrounding areas, will be made light by the extensive use of ultra light composites. Their battery will enable them the range of up to 160 kilometers. Nothing was said about the speeds, but probably they will not be very high, considering the nature of use. Arrival also claims, that the modular deisgn allows single person to build their truck in four hours and allows any part to be changed in 15 minutes, which is certainly good news for maintenance services.

"Royal Mail is delighted to be collaborating with Arrival and pioneering the adoption of large electric commercial vehicles," said Paul Gatti, Royal Mail Fleet's Managing Director. "We will be putting them through their paces over the next several months to see how they cope with the mail collection demands from our larger sites. We have trialled electric trucks before but not of this type of innovative design and look forward to see what additional benefits they can bring to our existing fleet of around 49,000 vehicles."

Aug. 27, 2017 Driving photo: arrival

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