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Monday 18 December 2017

Peugeot Partner Electric to deliver for Royal Mail

Peugeot Partner ElectricThe Royal Mail has signed an agreement with Peugeot to purchase 100 Partner L2 Electric vans for use as delivery vehicles across the UK. Charging stations will be installed at all sites prior to the vans going into service from December 2017.

Launched in February 2017, this is the first major fleet order for the 552kg payload Partner Electric. Power comes from a compact and highly efficient permanent magnet synchronous motor producing 49kW (67hp) at 4,000rpm and maximum torque of 200Nm. The front wheels are driven through a speed reducer and single ratio gearbox.

The 22.5kWh high-capacity lithium-ion batteries, sited under the load floor to ensure no loss of load space, 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.

Peugeot Partner ElectricPartner Electric customers are eligible for the Plug in Van Grant (PiVG) from the Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) towards the cost of buying the vehicle. The PiVG covers 20 per cent of the cost of the vehicle including VAT (up to a maximum of £8,000), but excluding on-the-road costs. All electric vehicles are eligible for the Ultra Low Emission Discount (ULED), which provides a 100 per cent discount from the London Congestion Tax.

Commenting on the deal, Royal Mail’s fleet director, Paul Gatti, 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.

“Emissions are an important issue for us at Royal Mail and we are continuously looking at new and innovative ways to reduce our carbon footprint and our impact on air quality. Improving the efficiency of our fleet by introducing electric vans is just one example of this.”

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