Royal Mail links up with EDF on EV infrastructure

Royal Mail Group has joined forces with EDF to deliver electric vehicle (EV) infrastructure.

On 29 January, it was announced that under a three-year framework, EDF will provide charging points, associated maintenance and ancillary items, including signs, bollards and wheel stops. The deal will initially see chargers installed on Royal Mail sites in the South East of England with scope to increase this as required, in future.

The agreement supports Royal Mail’s commitment under the Optimise Prime Project, a three-year innovation project that is aiming to develop practical ways of overcoming the up-front costs holding back many of the UK’s biggest commercial vehicle operators from switching to EVs. It is said to be the largest commercial EV project in the world.

Philippe Commaret, Managing Director for Customers at EDF, said: “The fact that one of the largest fleet operators in Europe has committed to such an ambitious project is a turning point in our journey to a low-carbon future. Working with Royal Mail to install EV infrastructure at their UK sites will allow them to accelerate towards an electric future, and hopefully inspire other businesses to follow suit.”