There will be 20 DAF LF Electric vehicles entering service with a range of public bodies in what is one of the largest and most significant deployments of zero emission trucks in the UK to date.
The trucks will see service with the National Health Service and local authorities as part of the Battery Electric Truck Trial (BETT) funded by Department for Transport (DfT).
The trucks will be used for day-to-day operations and will gather real-time data.
The results will be published on an interactive website to inform future fleet operator buying decisions and help stimulate the sale of battery electric trucks.
Sale of non-zero emission heavy goods vehicles banned from 2035
With the Government having set ambitious targets to end the sale of non-zero emission heavy goods vehicles from 2035 – for vehicles of 26-tonne GVW and below, and 2040 for heavier vehicles – the BETT is expected to make a significant and positive impact upon the move to zero emission vehicles.
One of the key operators partnering the BETT is NHS Supply Chain who, supported by Prohire Ltd, in the provision of financing and maintenance services as part of the arrangements, are due to deploy eight DAF LF Electric rigids with refrigerated bodies.
Five vehicles are also destined for local NHS Trusts and the remaining seven are earmarked for service with two Local Authority Framework Organisations in school supply operations.
Bodywork includes PACCAR box bodies designed and manufactured by DAF Trucks, and also temperature-controlled bodies supplied by Gray & Adams.
Distinctive Battery Electric Truck Trial logo
All the vehicles in the trial feature the distinctive Battery Electric Truck Trial logo.
The BETT is valued at £10 million and focuses on an end-to-end solution, covering vehicles, charging infrastructure, user training, repair and maintenance and total-cost-of-ownership.
This will provide operational insight across a variety of duty cycles and is part of the Government’s wider £20 million zero emission road freight trials.
Lancashire-based Leyland Trucks – where the LF Electric is manufactured – is working with CENEX, the low carbon research and consultancy organisation, to create the interactive BETT report and website.
‘Demonstrating the high performance of battery electric technology’
Trudy Harrison, the transport minister, said: “Demonstrating the high performance of battery electric technology in demanding, real-world environments is critical to ensuring confidence continues to build within the industry around the future of zero emission trucks.
“I’m excited to see more British-built green trucks take to our roads with the support of the Government’s £20m zero emission road freight trials.”
She added: “This demonstration will help us understand the full benefits of this new technology as we power up the electric revolution across the UK and boost green jobs in our towns and villages.”