Royal Mail trials new micro electric vehicles to reduce carbon emissions

Royal Mail is running a six-month trial of electric micro vehicles – which are the size of a golf buggy – across five towns and cities in the UK.

The fully electric vehicles are designed to carry a typical-sized load of letters and small parcels in residential areas and have a range of between 70 to 90 miles on a single charge. Two models are being tested as a potential lower carbon alternative to larger vans, which are typically shared by two posties.

The six-month trial will see three of the vehicles operating in five locations – Edinburgh, Crewe, Liverpool, Swindon and London.

Once the trial period has ended, Royal Mail will make a decision on whether to roll out this category of vehicles more widely across its fleet as a complement to more conventional vehicles.

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