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Royal Mail trials e-trikes

Mail by e-trike will be making its debut in Stratford (London), Cambridge and Sutton Coldfield later this month.

The 6 month trial is being heralded as an example of Royal Mail’s efforts to reduce C02 emissions. The 250w assisted trike’s cargo area will offer a large load capacity for letters and smaller parcels being delivered in trial areas.

Eight e-trikes are taking part in the trial, with Royal Mail hoping for a wider roll out in future. Royal Mail say that e-trikes are the ‘first of a kind’ for a company that has delivered the nation’s post by various modes of transport, from horse and cart to steam engine – with 2019 marking 120 years since Royal Mail first experimented with motorised vehicles for deliveries.

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.”


Image credits: Tim Ireland/PA Wire/Royal Mailélectrique-pendulaire-équipe-les-facteurs-de-la-poste

Not on trial, in every day use for quite a while. A moped not a pedelec.

If I was designing a pedelec for the post office I would design this:

Oh well... somebody already did... Can be covered and locked, the mail is reachable without dismounting, weather protection could be easily deployed.