Royal Mail opens all-electric delivery office

Royal Mail has announced the launch of an all-electric delivery office in Glasgow ahead of the upcoming COP26 Climate Summit taking place in the Scottish capital.

The G51 Delivery Office, located in the Govan area of Glasgow, will operate 13 electric vehicles (EVs) and two micro electric vehicles.

The micro EVs are roughly the size of a golf buggy or a quad bike, with a load size of between 1.2m3 and 2.0m3. They have the capacity to accommodate more than an average daily round’s worth of letters and small parcels.

“It’s fantastic news that we are able to transform the Glasgow G51 Delivery Office into the first Royal Mail ‘all-electric’ Delivery Office in Scotland,” said Simon Thompson, chief executive, Royal Mail. “We always want to do the right thing by the communities we serve in terms of keeping our emissions as low as we can, and this is another important step in that direction.”

Royal Mail said that with the UK’s largest “feet on the street” network of more than 85,000 postmen and women, it already has the lowest CO2 emissions per parcel amongst major UK delivery companies.

“With the eyes of the world turning to Glasgow ahead of COP26, it’s vital that we lead by example when it comes to tackling the climate emergency,” said first minister Nicola Sturgeon. “That is why it is such welcome news that Royal Mail are launching their first all-electric Delivery Office in Scotland just across the Clyde from where the summit will take place.”

Sturgeon added: “Converting this delivery office entirely to electric vehicles is a really positive step towards our shared goal of net-zero and I want to thank Royal Mail for their efforts in making this happen.”

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