Royal Mail gears up for an all-electric company car future

Royal Mail has announced that all of its company cars will be electric by 2030 as part of a drive to become a net zero carbon emission business with a 100% alternative fuel fleet.

Under the plans, the business will rework all of its current car schemes to speed up the switch to electric vehicles, including widening the access to electric company cars for those colleagues who need a car to do their job. By 2025, only electric cars will be available to order across all company car schemes.

The drive towards electrification will also extend to workers who seek to buy their vehicles through the company’s salary sacrifice scheme MyDrive, with the associated tax benefits that come with running an electric company car. Royal Mail plans to offer a range of affordable entry level electric vehicles.

Alongside these changes, Royal Mail says that it will only pay business mileage reimbursement at an appropriate electric vehicle rate for diesel, petrol and hybrid private cars and company cars from 2025.

Jenny Hall, director of corporate affairs at Royal Mail, said: “We’ve already revealed our ambition to turn our fleet to alternate fuel vehicles in order to do the right thing by the communities we serve. It makes sense for us to focus on company cars too, and we hope that this new scheme will benefit our colleagues while reducing overall company emissions further.”

Royal Mail is also continuing with its strategy to switch its fleet of delivery vehicles to alternative fuel. In June, it announced plans for a ten-fold increase in the number of electric vehicles it uses across its UK fleet, rolling out around 3,000 additional electric vehicles targeting delivery offices in areas focused on ultra-low emission zones and green cities.

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