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Monday 18 December 2017

Royal Mail assessing all-electric Arrival T4 van

Arrival T4 Electric VanNine British-made fully electric commercial vehicles designed and built by automotive technology company Arrival are being trialled in London. A mixture of 3.5-, 6.0- and 7.5-tonners they will be used to transport packages between mail and distribution centres in the city and surrounding area from the postal operator’s Mount Pleasant depot in central London.

Similar in design to the Modec ZEV (the company went into administration in 2011) the trial vehicles are the first to be produced at Arrival’s new 110,000ft2 facility in Banbury, Oxfordshire which will become fully operational in the Autumn.

Constructed from ultra-lightweight composite materials and utilising Arrival’s custom modular hardware, including power electronics and motors, the T4 been optimised for inner city deliveries thanks to a battery that gives the maximum range-to-weight ratio endowing it with a potential to cover up to 100 miles. It is also fully compliant with London’s Direct Vision Standard for trucks.

“Royal Mail is delighted to be collaborating with Arrival and pioneering the adoption of large electric commercial vehicles,” said Paul Gatti, Royal Mail Fleet’s managing director. “We will be putting them through their paces over the next several months to see how they cope with the mail collection demands from our larger sites.
 
“We have trialled electric trucks before but not of this type of innovative design and look forward to see what additional benefits they can bring to our existing fleet of around 49,000 vehicles.”

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Arrival T4 Electric Van

Arrival is an automotive technology company based in Oxfordshire and currently employs over 170 staff. Its new factory in Banbury will be capable of producing over 50,000 vehicles a year using only robots with artificial intelligence. Arrival’s aim is to turn the hardware of vehicles into devices, enabled by software, and manufacturing electric, connected commercial vehicles that beat conventional transportation on price, design and capability. It’s also technical partner of the world’s first driverless electric racing series, Roborace, supplying the motors and power electronics for the stunning Robocar. The company was formerly known as Charge Automotive.

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