Eddington, the University of Cambridge’s new district in the city, is leading the way on sustainable post delivery by taking part in Royal Mail’s e-Trike trial.
Eddington trials Royal Mail e-Trikes
The zero-emission e-Trikes are being used to deliver Eddington’s post as part of a six-month trial in eight locations across the country.
The 1200mm wide x 1968mm high e-Trikes - which are powered by a combination of pedal, solar, battery and brake technology - are specially designed to help postmen and women to deliver letters and parcels in a secure and environmentally-friendly way.
The trikes are able to accommodate letters, cards and the majority of parcels, and are designed for use on roads, highways and some cycle paths. Deliveries on the e-Trikes will operate as part of a usual delivery pattern on suitable routes.
For larger parcels and deliveries at particularly busy periods, special delivery arrangements will be made.
Pedals assisted by a 250W electric motor power the e-Trikes. The motor itself is operated by a 48V lithium battery, which is recharged by mains power and supplemented by two solar panels positioned on top of the vehicle. Regenerative braking also helps to power the trike.
Project Director Heather Topel said: “Eddington has been designed with sustainability in mind, so we are delighted to be taking part in Royal Mail’s e-Trike trial. Unique measures are integrated in every aspect of Eddington to encourage residents and visitors to lead more sustainable lives, and we would encourage businesses to follow suit.”
Eddington is setting a new standard in sustainable community living, with measures including the UK’s largest underground waste and recycling system, the country’s largest water recycling network, energy-saving building design, biodiversity strategies and a District Heating Network and central Energy Centre which provides hot water to all buildings. There are also measures to encourage sustainable travel, including a 900m dedicated pedestrian and cycle highway, a subsidised bus service, a car-share scheme, plus extensive cycle training and loan schemes for residents.
David Gold, Director of Public Affairs & Policy at Royal Mail said: “As a company, 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 program 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.”
The mixed-use development on a 150-hectare site of University farmland combines residential housing, academic and research facilities, local centre and public amenities, as well as site infrastructure and open green space for all to enjoy.