UK postal service Royal Mail has commissioned its 3,000th electric van and ordered 2,000 more e-vehicles. The new order goes to Peugeot and includes 1,000 electric Partner and Expert models each, which are due for delivery from August.
Electric vehicle number 3,000 was flotillaed at Peterborough Delivery Office at the end of July. Peterborough is in the east of England and has a population of more than 200,000. The Royal Mail delivery office there has 106 delivery vehicles, all of which are electric, according to the statement.
To date, 70 delivery offices are partially or already fully electric. The first e-vehicles were procured in 2017, as reported, and in June 2021 Bristol East Central Delivery Office became the first site to run on an all-electric fleet. By spring 2023, Royal Mail aims to have a total of 5,500 electric vehicles in use.
"We already have the lowest emissions per parcel and have set an ambitious target to reduce CO2 emissions to 50g CO2e, about the same as a cup of tea with milk," said Simon Thompson, CEO of Royal Mail. "The transition to electric vehicles is an important part of our strategy to reduce our emissions while delivering a seven-day parcel service to our customers."