Royal Mail switches to all-electric company car scheme

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Royal Mail intends to rework its current car scheme to accelerate the switch to EVs, by 2025 only electric cars will be available to order by its staff.

The initiative will also extend to postmen and women who seek to buy their vehicles through the company’s salary sacrifice initiative, MyDrive. Royal Mail said it plans to offer a range of affordable entry level EVs.

Furthermore, the company will only pay business mileage reimbursement at an appropriate EV rate for diesel, petrol and hybrid private cars and company cars from 2025.

This is part of its wider goals to ensure all its company cars will be electric by 2030. Jenny Hall, director of corporate affairs, Royal Mail said: “We’ve already revealed our ambition to turn our fleet to alternate fuel vehicles in order to do the right thing by the communities we serve.

“It makes sense for us to focus on company cars too, and we hope that this new scheme will benefit our colleagues while reducing overall company emissions further.”

As previously reported by CiTTi, In May Royal Mail announced the launch of 29 low emission gas powered trucks, fuelled by Bio-Compressed Natural Gas (Bio-CNG). The 40 tonne HGVs are similar in size and look to a conventional Royal Mail truck but are significantly quieter. They also emit roughly 84% less CO2e than a typical diesel-fuelled vehicle of this size.

Also in May, Royal Mail’s Bristol East Central site became the first ever delivery office to feature an all-electric fleet of collection and delivery vehicles. It has had its 23 diesel vans replaced by fully electric equivalents.

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