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Van prototype will be trialled on delivery rounds in largely urban locations
Royal Mail is trialling a converted TX-based prototype of the new London Electric Vehicle Company VN5 electric van for parcel and letter deliveries in selected urban locations. This includes Birmingham, Derby, Leeds, Edinburgh and Bristol.
The zero-emission VN5 is based on a typical London taxi cab, which is designed to operate for lengthy distances on a stop/start basis – comparable to postal rounds. It also has a similar load capacity to a typical Royal Mail van. This makes the vehicle an ideal partner to explore new ways of delivering letters and parcels safely and efficiently, whilst reducing emissions.
The VN5 prototype forms part of Royal Mail’s programme of low or zero emission vehicle trials throughout the year. They are an example of the Company’s efforts to continue to reduce emissions associated with its operations, and to test the suitability of alternative vehicles and fuels.
The van prototype will be trialled on delivery rounds in largely urban locations, visiting a series of cities over the course of the next six months. The Company may introduce the vehicle more widely, depending on the results of the trial.
London Electric Vehicle Company is trialling the VN5 prototype with 25 company partners across various sectors - Royal Mail being the latest. The cab is the latest addition to the Company’s integration of electric vehicles into its fleet. If introduced more widely, the cabs will complement the pre-existing fleet of 295 electric vans. The trial of the zero-emission van forms part of the Company’s efforts to continue to reduce emissions associated with its operations.
The 2.9 tonne small van is a durable vehicle which is designed to operate at lengthy distances on a stop and start basis, comparable to a typical postal round. Fully chargeable at the local delivery office, the van is designed to help postmen and women deliver letters and parcels securely, whilst reducing associated emissions.
The TX conversion is able to accommodate letters, cards and parcels of all sizes, and is designed for use on roads and highways. Deliveries during the trial will operate as part of a usual delivery pattern on suitable routes.