Royal Mail readies electric vans for busy Christmas
Following its securing of 100 zero-emission Peugeot Partner L2 Electric vans, Royal Mail is preparing its fleet ready to go into service from December 2017.
The Partner L2 Electric was launched in February and this is the first major fleet order for the van.
Supported by a comprehensive rollout of charging infrastructure at delivery offices around the UK, the Partner Electric’s 22.5kWh high-capacity lithium-ion batteries offer a range of up to 106 miles, measured on the NEDC cycle.
The batteries can be re-charged to 80% capacity in 30 minutes from a dedicated rapid charge point. The drive motor also provides regenerative braking when slowing down, helping to re-charge the batteries and reduce brake wear.
The Partner can also carry a 552kg payload meaning it will be more than capable of handling whatever the busy Christmas period can throw at it.
Paul Gatti, Royal Mail fleet director, said: “Our research has shown that electric vans are a good operational fit with our business and we are delighted to be ordering such a large volume to use in our daily operations. This is good news for our customers and the towns and cities which we serve. It also means we are on the front foot for future changes in emissions legislation.
“Emissions are an important issue for us at Royal Mail and we are continuously looking at new and innovative ways to reduce our carbon footprint and our impact on air quality. Improving the efficiency of our fleet by introducing electric vans is just one example of this.”
The Partner L2 Electric utilises a lithium-ion battery pack fitted under the load floor, ensuring there is no loss of load space compared with petrol and diesel-powered Partner L2 models.
Power comes from a compact and highly efficient permanent magnet synchronous motor producing 49kW (67hp) at 4,000rpm and maximum torque of 200Nm. The front wheels are driven through a speed reducer and single ratio gearbox.
Royal Mail currently operates the largest vehicle fleet in the UK, with over 47,000 cars, vans, trucks and lorries available.