Royal Mail is to trial a new electric-powered delivery vehicle that looks remarkably like a golf buggy painted red.
The buggy is one of two types of the new types of micro vehicles that will be assessed in residential areas as a potential lower-carbon alternative to larger vans and help with door-to-door deliveries.
Twelve ‘micro’ electric vehicles will be introduced across Edinburgh, Crewe, Liverpool, Swindon and London to help postmen and women manage the growing number of parcels on the daily round
The EVs have no tailpipe CO2e emissions and a range of between 70 – 90 miles in a single charge, which is through a standard three-pin plug.
Other sustainable initiatives by Royal Mail have included a new type of low-emission tyres on its delivery vans and a trial of the use of drones to deliver Covid-19 kits to remote locations.
The first trial was on the Isles of Scilly using an autonomous drone to fly parcels the 70 miles between the UK mainland and the island’s St Mary’s Airport.
Simon Thompson, Royal Mail’s chief executive, said: “It’s really exciting to see these micro electric vehicles making their way into our daily deliveries.
“We’re committed to keep on reducing our environmental impact and we intend to leave no stone unturned in trialling new technologies and new ways of delivering to help us do that.
“As our fantastic posties make most deliveries on foot, this already means we have the lowest reported CO2e per parcel of major UK delivery companies.
“From drones to electric vehicles, fuel-efficient tyres to bio-CNG trucks, we’ll keep on innovating to reduce our environmental impact even further.”