Micro Electric Vehicles (MEVs) for Mail Delivery
UK’s Royal Mail is to trial two types of Micro Electric Vehicles (MEVs) for letter and small parcel deliveries as the Company steps up its drive to further reduce emissions associated with its operations: the Paxster Cargo and the Ligier Pulse 4.
With the UK’s largest “Feet on the Street” network of over 85,000 postmen and women, Royal Mail already has the lowest reported CO2e emissions per parcel amongst major UK delivery companies. The Micro Electric Vehicles form part of Royal Mail’s programme of low or zero emission vehicle trials designed to make the UK’s lowest reported CO2e emissions per parcel delivery even lower.
Roughly the size of a golf buggy or a quad bike, the vehicles will be assessed in residential areas as a potential lower carbon alternative to larger vans, which are typically shared by two posties. The trial will assess whether giving two posties access to separate vehicles could provide greater flexibility on busy routes in a more environmentally friendly way.
Liveried in traditional Royal Mail red, the vehicles have been specially designed to help postmen and postwomen deliver letters and smaller parcels on the daily round in a secure and efficient way. The six-month trial will see a selection of vehicles operating in each of five locations across the UK: Edinburgh, Crewe, Liverpool, Swindon and London.
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