Royal Mail are trialling e-Trikes that powered with a combination of solar, battery and pedal brake technology.
Royal Mail said, this move will enable postal workers to deliver letters and parcels in an environmentally friendly way.
The trial will see eight new Italian e-Trikes on Stratford, East London, Cambridge and Sutton Coldfield over the next few weeks. This will last for six months where the company will decide to do a UK national roll-out.
Exciting news! Today we can announce that we're trialling e-trikes. Powered by pedal and solar power, e-trikes could help to reduce CO2 emissions in urban areas. Look out for them delivering in Stratford, Cambridge, and Sutton Coldfield later this month. pic.twitter.com/5DkuGo3Yco
— Royal Mail (@RoyalMail) March 19, 2019
David Gold, director of public affairs & 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.”
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.”