Could Royal Mail vans one day be self-driving? Firm begins London trials of electric delivery cars with autonomous capabilities

  • Royal Mail will begin trials from its Mount Pleasant depot in central London
  • The trucks are made of ultra-lightweight composite materials
  • The cost of operating has been reduced by more than 50 per cent
  • The trucks are ‘autonomous-ready’, which suggests that Royal Mail deliveries could one day be made by driverless vehicles 

If you receive post in London this month, there’s a good chance it arrived to your door via an electric postal truck.

Royal Mail is trialling nine British-made fully electric commercial vehicles this month, transporting packages between mail and distribution centres in the capital.

The firm hopes that the trial will increase Royal Mail’s efficiency, and reduce vehicle emissions.

While the trucks will have human drivers, they are ‘autonomous-ready’, which suggests that Royal Mail deliveries could one day be made by driverless vehicles.

However, Royal Mail says it has ‘no current plans’ to roll out the technology.

The trucks themselves are made of ultra-lightweight composite materials that significantly reduce the weight of the vehicle. By combining this technology with Arrival's power electronics and motors, the cost of operating has been reduced by more than 50 per cent

Royal Mail is trialling nine British-made fully electric commercial vehicles this month, transporting packages between mail and distribution centres in the capital

ROYAL MAIL’S ELECTRIC FLEET 

The firm will begin trials using 3.5, six and 7.5 tonne trucks from their Mount Pleasant depot in central London.

The vehicles will be used to transport packages between mail and distribution centres in the city.

The trucks themselves are made of ultra-lightweight composite materials that significantly reduce the weight.

By combining this technology with Arrival’s power electronics and motors, the cost of operating has been reduced by more than 50 per cent.

The trucks also feature batteries that are optimised for inner city deliveries, and allow the vehicles to produce zero emissions for up to 100 miles.

Royal Mail has joined forces with Arrival, an automotive technology firm based in Oxfordshire, to create the electric vehicles.

Mr Paul Gatti, Royal Mail Fleet’s Managing Director, said: ‘Royal Mail is delighted to be collaborating with Arrival and pioneering the adoption of large electric commercial vehicles.

‘We will be putting them through their paces over the next several months to see how they cope with the mail collection demands from our larger sites.

‘We have trialled electric trucks before but not of this type of innovative design and look forward to see what additional benefits they can bring to our existing fleet of around 49,000 vehicles.’

The firm will begin trials using 3.5, six and 7.5 tonne trucks from its Mount Pleasant depot in central London.

While they are autonomous ready, a spokesperson for Royal Mail said: ‘Royal Mail has no current plans to use the trucks autonomously. They will be driven by our professional drivers.’

The vehicles will be used to transport packages between mail and distribution centres in the city and surrounding area.

The trucks themselves are made of ultra-lightweight composite materials that significantly reduce the weight of the vehicle.

The trucks feature batteries that are optimised for inner city deliveries, and allow the vehicles to produce zero emissions for up to 100 miles

The trucks themselves are made of ultra-lightweight composite materials that significantly reduce the weight of the vehicle. By combining this technology with Arrival’s power electronics and motors, the cost of operating has been reduced by more than 50 per cent

The firm will begin trials using 3.5, six and 7.5 tonne trucks from their Mount Pleasant depot in central London. Pictured are two of Arrival's electric vehicles

The firm will begin trials using 3.5, six and 7.5 tonne trucks from their Mount Pleasant depot in central London. Pictured are two of Arrival’s electric vehicles

By combining this technology with Arrival’s power electronics and motors, the cost of operating has been reduced by more than 50 per cent.

The trucks also feature batteries that are optimised for inner city deliveries, and allow the vehicles to produce zero emissions for up to 100 miles.

They also comply with the Mayor of London’s Direct Vision Standard for lorries in the city making the streets safer for pedestrians and cyclists.

Royal Mail is trialling nine British-made fully electric commercial vehicles this month, transporting packages between mail and distribution centres in the capital

The trucks feature batteries that are optimised for inner city deliveries, and allow the vehicles to produce zero emissions for up to 100 miles

Mr Denis Sverdlov, CEO of Arrival said; ‘We are thrilled to partner with Royal Mail using our electric vehicles.

‘Cities like London will benefit hugely from a switch to electric, in terms of both pollution and noise.

‘Most importantly we are priced the same as diesel trucks removing the main barrier to go electric.’

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/DailyMail

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