UK postal service company trials e-trikes

Royal Mail is conducting its first ever trial of zero-emission e-trikes for mail and parcel delivery. The new vehicles are powered by a combination of solar, battery, pedal and brake technology.

Royal Mail has announced that it is conducting its first ever trial of zero-emission e-trikes for letter and parcel deliveries. Eight e-trikes will be trialled in three locations across the UK from late March for around six months. If successful, the vehicles will be rolled out more widely in the future.

The e-Trikes are predominantly powered by a combination of solar, battery, pedal and brake technology: the motor is operated by a 48V lithium battery, which is recharged by mains power and supplemented by two solar panels on the top of the vehicle. Regenerative braking also helps to power the e-trike.

Measuring 1.20 metres wide and just under 2 metres high, the vehicles are designed to help postmen and women deliver letters and parcels in a secure and environmentally friendly may. The e-trikes are designed for use on roads, highways and some cycle paths.

Will Norman, London’s Walking and Cycling Commissioner, praised the new project: “I’m delighted that Royal Mail is trialling e-trikes which will take polluting vehicles off our streets – helping to reduce congestion and clean up London’s toxic air. I hope this trial will be extended and other delivery companies follow Royal Mail’s lead so that many more communities can benefit.”

Image credit: Royal Mail

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