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Royal Mail to trial e-Trikes for letter and parcel deliveries

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Royal Mail is holding its first ever trial of electric tricycles, powered by a combination of solar, battery, pedal and brake technology – paving way for postal workers to deliver letters and parcels in a more environmentally-friendly way.

The postal service company plans to trial eight e-trikes in Stratford, east London, Cambridge and Sutton Coldfield in the next few weeks.

The trial will last for six months before the company decides whether to expand the trikes more widely across the UK.

The Italian-made tricycles will be capable of carrying letters, cards and most parcels, on roads and some cycle paths.

Furthermore, the trikes’ pedals are assisted by a battery-operated motor that is recharged by mains power, aided by solar panels on the trike.

Royal Mail e-trikes trial

Royal Mail e-trikes trial; Royal Mail

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David Gold, director of public affairs and policy at Royal Mail, said: “We are committed to making changes to our operations which reduce our environmental impact whilst ensuring we continue to meet customer expectations.

“Alongside our ongoing transformation programme and the introduction of electric vans in locations across our business, this trial is part of a programme of initiatives across our business that will ensure we can continue to deliver letters and parcels safely, efficiently and responsibly.”

Electric tricycles are not only more environmentally friendly, but they also allow for more storage and have the ability to stop and start as the rider pleases.

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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