Andrew Mitchell MP has visited Royal Mail’s trial of e-trikes in Sutton Coldfield to see them in action and talk to the postmen and women who are using them. Trials are taking place in just three locations across the UK – Stratford, Cambridge, and the Royal Town.
Royal Mail is conducting its first ever trial of zero-emission e-Trikes for letter and parcel deliveries later this month. With the UK's largest "Feet on the Street" network of 90,000 postmen and women, Royal Mail already plays a key role in keeping carbon emissions low. This trial is a further example of Royal Mail’s efforts to continue to reduce its CO2 emissions and the new vehicles - which are predominantly powered by a combination of pedal, solar, battery and brake technology - are specially designed to help postmen and women to deliver letters and parcels in a secure and environmentally-friendly way.
Pedals assisted by a 250W electric motor power the e-Trikes. The motor itself is operated by a 48V lithium battery, which is recharged by mains power and supplemented by two solar panels positioned on top of the vehicle.
The trikes are able to accommodate letters, cards and the majority of parcels, and are designed for use on roads, highways and some cycle paths. Deliveries on the e-Trikes will operate as part of a usual delivery pattern on suitable routes.
The trial of two e-Trikes began in late March and will last for approximately six months. Once the trial period has ended, Royal Mail will decide on whether to expand the trikes more widely across the UK.
Andrew Mitchell MP said after his visit: “I am delighted that the Royal Town is once again leading the way nationally by hosting these trials. For those who care about our local environment and climate change – Sutton is once again blazing the way.”
David Gold, Director of Public Affairs & Policy at Royal Mail said: “We were delighted to host Mr Mitchell at the start of this exciting trial. As a company, we are committed to making changes to our operations which further reduce our environmental impact, whilst ensuring we continue to meet customer expectations. This is part of a programme of initiatives across our business that will ensure we can continue to deliver letters and parcels safely, efficiently and responsibly.”