The Belgian postal operator Bpost is ordering 1,200 electric vans to be delivered by the end of 2022. According to a Flemish media report, the first 400 of the electric transporters have already been ordered. The remaining 800 are expected to follow at the end of this month.
According to the Flemish business newspaper De Tijd, the Belgian national postal service, bpost, has ordered the first 400 of the new electric vehicles from several manufacturers. This is partly so that the vehicles can be delivered more quickly, but also to gain experience with different brands and models.
According to De Tijd, the selected models include the electric Renault Kangoo, the Opel Vivaro-e and electric vans from the SAIC brand Maxus.
The successful completion of a pilot test in June in the city of Mechelen in the province of Antwerp was the decisive factor in this latest decision. In Mechelen, all letters and parcels were delivered emission-free for an entire year. According to De Tijd, the postal group used electric delivery vans and bicycles to deliver to a network of 57 pick-up points – mainly parcel stations, post offices and post offices in shops – where citizens could pick up their parcels themselves. The concept tested in the pilot project is now to be extended to ten other city centers in a first step, including the city centers of Leuven and Bergen.
Bpost CEO Dirk Tirez wants to make the Belgian postal service the “greenest postal company in Europe”.
The majority of the company’s fleet is made up of delivery vans. The company has not disclosed how much the conversion to electric drives will cost, but the preliminary order of 1,200 electric units is one of the largest orders of this kind in Belgium.
Veerle Van Mierlo, spokesperson for Bpost pointed out that the market for electric delivery vehicles becoming ‘mature’.
More electric vehicles are becoming available, the driving range of electric vehicles is increasing and the prices are gradually becoming competitive with diesel variants. Indeed, this year, just across the channel, Britain’s Royal Mail service announced plans to add 3000 electric delivery vans to its fleets.