Royal Mail has announced that it will begin a six to nine-month trial of new tyres on a number of electric vehicles this week. There will be 15 electric vans at the West London Delivery Office, near Wembley, that will be fitted with the new tyres during the trial.
The tyres, from manufacturer ENSO, claim to produce fewer microparticles in comparison to normal tyres, and increase vehicle range. ENSO has said its tests have shown that the tyres can increase EV range by up to 11.0%, compared to standard tyres.
Throughout the six to nine-month period, the tyres will be monitored and weighed every six weeks to measure their wear rate and to estimate the reduction in particulate matter emissions. The checks will also ensure that the tyres are wearing properly and that there are no health, safety or vehicle wear and tear issues.
The trial will be a joint venture between Royal Mail, Transport for London, and ENSO, as part of the London FreightLab challenge to tackle pollution, congestion, and road danger in London.
Source: Royal Mail
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