Royal Mail looks to pedal power

Royal Mail is conducting a trial of zero-emission e-Trikes for letter and parcel deliveries as part of the company’s ongoing attempts to reduce CO2 emissions associated with its operations.

Road transportation has been identified as a major contributor to emissions, as well as a cause of air pollution, so the e-Trikes - which are predominantly powered by a combination of pedal, solar, battery and brake technology – are one potential piece of the jigsaw.

The trial is scheduled to begin in late March. It will take place in Stratford (East London), Cambridge and Sutton Coldfield, and will last for approximately six months. Once the trial period has ended, Royal Mail will make a decision on whether to expand the trikes more widely across the UK.

Will Norman, London’s Walking and Cycling Commissioner, said: “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.”

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