A.F. Blakemore will be trialling an electric truck at its Willenhall distribution centre for a week.
The 19-tonne Electra e-Cargo refrigerated rigid vehicle can travel up to 130 miles on a full charge.
The truck will be delivering to SPAR retail stores within a 100-mile round trip of the West Midlands depot.
And, the firm says that over the course of a year, replacing one of their standard diesel rigids with this type of electric vehicle could save the company more than 30 tonnes of CO2 emissions.
‘Move AFB a step closer to introducing its first electric HGV’
A.F. Blakemore’s logistics compliance manager, Dave Higgs, said: “This trial will move AFB a step closer to introducing its first electric HGV, and we are excited to be involved in the drive towards a more sustainable future.
“If the test week is successful, the business will be looking at more suppliers of electric vehicles.”
He added: “We are hoping to do a number of trials over the next five years to understand the potential of electric HGVs and how they could be incorporated into our fleet.”
The rigid is expected to take up to 10 hours to charge at the company’s Willenhall lorry park.
Already rolled out 20 electric home delivery vans
A.F. Blakemore has already rolled out 20 electric home delivery vans to its SPAR stores and has invested in charging points for electric car users at several of its depots.
The company’s commitment to reducing its transport emissions is part of a wider focus on sustainability, and in January A.F. Blakemore welcomed a new environmental sustainability manager to its Responsible Business team to drive its environmental sustainability strategy forward.
The move follows a government announcement that it will phase out new, non-zero-emission heavy goods vehicles weighing 26 tonnes and under by 2035, with all new HGVs sold in the UK to be zero emission by 2040.
First zero-emissions refrigerated electric truck
The manufacturer of the first zero-emissions refrigerated electric truck has also revealed that their truck is on a UK tour of firms to test out its capabilities.
Electra Commercial Vehicles and Riverside Truck Rental, the commercial vehicle solutions provider, want to demonstrate to major cold and hot chain players in the industry how electric power is the future for temperature-controlled transport.
Last December, the Electra truck was trialled by Gregory’s Distribution for its Brew Dog Contract and now the Electra e-Cargo SEIV 19–350 is demonstrating that goods can be kept at the correct temperature without compromising the environment.
Based on a 19-tonne Iveco Euro Cargo 4×2 glider chassis, the Electra is built in Italy with space predesigned for the electric motor, batteries and electric PTO.
Sid Sadique, the chairman of Electra Commercial Vehicles, said: “This arrangement is perfect for electrification and offers us maximum bodybuilding flexibility, which results in the most optimum configuration for the customer’s requirements.”