Royal Mail has launched its first delivery office in Scotland to feature an all-electric fleet of collection and delivery vehicles.
It is just a short walk across the River Clyde from the Scottish Event Campus (SEC), where the COP26 climate summit is due to be held.
The G51 Delivery Office in the Govan area of the city has had its 13 diesel delivery and collection vans replaced by fully electric equivalents.
Two micro electric vehicles will also be joining the fleet, as it steps up a drive to further reduce emissions associated with operations.
These are roughly the size of a golf buggy, with a load size of between 1.2 and two metres. They have the capacity to accommodate more than an average daily round’s worth of letters and small parcels.
With the UK’s largest network of over 85,000 postmen and women, Royal Mail already has the lowest reported CO2 emissions per parcel among major UK delivery companies. This move also forms part of Royal Mail’s rollout of low or zero emission vehicles, designed to make the UK’s lowest reported CO2 emissions per parcel delivery even lower.
Royal Mail has worked with BP Pulse in Glasgow to complete infrastructure works and install eight 7kW electric charging points. The energy to power the vehicles is from 100% renewable hydroelectric, solar and wind sources.
Royal Mail chief executive Simon Thompson said: “We always want to do the right thing by the communities we serve in terms of keeping our emissions as low as we can, and this is another important step in that direction.”
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon added: “With the eyes of the world turning to Glasgow ahead of COP26, it’s vital that we lead by example when it comes to tackling the climate emergency.
“Converting this delivery office entirely to electric vehicles is a really positive step towards our shared goal of net zero and I want to thank Royal Mail for their efforts in making this happen.”
The fully electric vans have up to 38% larger load space than the vehicles they have replaced, giving them additional capacity to deal with growing parcel volumes. With lower maintenance requirements, the electric fleet also promises more on-road time and higher levels of reliability.
The 13 new vans can travel up to 90 miles on a single charge, depending on weather conditions and load size. As part of Royal Mail’s recent expansion of telemetry technology across its fleet, the vans will also have telemetry capabilities installed, aimed at encouraging more efficient driving techniques.
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