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Tesco powers into the new year with the UK’s first commercial electric articulated HGVs


Tesco, a longstanding Logistics UK member, is powering into the new year by launching the UK’s first commercially used fully electric heavy freight articulated trucks.

Two new 37 tonne DAF electric vehicles will transport food and other products from Wentloog rail terminal outside Cardiff to Tesco’s distribution centre in Magor, Wales, in partnership with logistics and international freight forwarding company FSEW.  

ELECTRIC HGVS NOW A VIABLE PROPOSITION

According to recent figures from the Department for Transport, HGVs account for around 16 percent of the UK’s domestic transport emissions and addressing this can play a significant role in delivering the UK’s net zero ambitions. Despite significant advances in battery technology and charging infrastructure for smaller vehicles, finding a commercially viable solution for larger electric vehicles has remained a challenge until very recently.  

CHARGING TRUCKS FOR 100-MILE JOURNEYS 

These first two lorries will replace around 65,000 diesel-fuelled road miles with clean green energy, removing 87.4 tonnes of CO2e per year. To power the new service FSEW has installed charging points at its site in South Wales that provide enough energy to power these large vehicles for 100 miles before needing to charge again. At around 30 miles each way the Wentloog - Magor journey is an ideal location to understand the potential and range of these lorries for use throughout the UK and elsewhere in Tesco’s fleet.   

SPARKING INVESTMENT IN INNOVATION

By demonstrating that electric HGV transportation is commercially viable, this service will contribute to encouraging wider investment in technology and innovation that will support the haulage sector’s efforts to reduce emissions and air pollution. It will also contribute to Tesco’s efforts to achieve net zero emissions in its own operations by 2035, and FSEW’s work to replace more than 40 diesel vehicles with low-carbon alternatives and switch to fleet-wide zero-emissions transport operations by 2025.  

LEADING THE CHARGE IN ELECTRIC HAULAGE

Jason Tarry, Chief Executive of Tesco UK and Ireland, said: “Tesco’s distribution network is one of the largest in the UK and plays an important role in our efforts to become net zero in our own operations by 2035. We’ve already made progress by starting our switch to electric home delivery vans and rolling out electric vehicles charging points for our customers. I’m excited that Tesco can also lead the way in electric haulage innovation, helping to tackle this last source of road transport emissions with the support of FSEW.” 

Jason Watts, Distribution Centre Manager, Tesco Distribution Centre Magor, said: “We all want to do what we can for the environment so we’re proud that Magor and Wales was chosen to be the first location to use these zero emissions lorries. It’s always exciting to get new kit and we can’t wait to try these lorries out in our busy operation.” 

DELIVERING A CLEANER, GREENER LOGISTICS EXPERIENCE 

Geoff Tomlinson, FSEW Managing Director said: “This is a landmark day for us here at FSEW, representing a major step forward in our commitment to providing zero emissions transport freight services. Together we are working to create a cleaner and greener logistics experience. This is transformational for the UK’s commercial and retail industries and is just the start of our work to supply electric heavy freight vehicles to customers such as Tesco.  

“Setting the industry standard is important to us which is why we also have plans underway to create an eFreight hub in Cardiff which will include a low carbon fuel facility for the use of all freight providers and commercial and municipal operators and are also launching this month two further trucks running on 100% renewable biomethane fuel for freight transport use.” 

Michelle Gardner, Head of Public Policy and decarbonisation lead at Logistics UK, said: “We are delighted that our members are seriously addressing the need to decarbonise their fleets and embracing the opportunities that are currently available. This acquisition of two 37-tonne electric trucks by Tesco shows that heavy electric vehicles are becoming a viable proposition for certain road freight operations in the UK. We applaud Tesco and FSEW for seizing the initiative and becoming early adopters of this fast-developing technology.”

*www.logistics.org.uk/environment

Published On: 06/01/2022 16:00:32

 



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