Van, Truck, Trailer, Bus and Coach Aftermarket News in Ireland

Royal Mail goes electric

Peugeot in the UK has pull-off a major van fleet deal. It will supply Royal Mail with electric vans, following the postal provider’s decision to introduce EVs to its urban delivery routes.

The company has signed an agreement with the French manufacturer to purchase 100 zero-emission Partner L2 Electric van. The vans will go into service from December 2017 at delivery offices around the UK, supported by a comprehensive rollout of charging infrastructure, including fast chargers.

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.”

The Partner L2 Electric was launched in February 2017 and made its public debut at the CV Show in April. The Royal Mail deal is the first major fleet order for the van.

Its lithium-ion battery pack is fitted under the load floor, ensuring there is no loss of load space compared with petrol and diesel-powered Partner L2 models. The Partner L2 Electric will carry a gross payload of 552kg.

Power comes from a compact and highly efficient permanent magnet synchronous motor producing 49kW (67bhp equivalent) at 4,000rpm and maximum torque of 200Nm. The front wheels are driven through a speed reducer and single ratio gearbox.

The lithium-ion batteries offer a range of up to 106 miles, measured on the NEDC cycle. The batteries can be re-charged to 80 per cent 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.