Parcel delivery company Evri is trialling two electric HGVs this month as it moves to reduce emissions in the first and middle mile of a parcel’s journey.
As orginally reported by our sister publication Motor Transport, the two Volvo FM electric trucks join the existing fleet, which includes 190 bio-CNG tractor units, 44 vehicles running on hydrotreated vegetable oil (HVO), 168 electric vans and over 20 e-cargo bikes.
The trial, which is due to conclude by the end of September 2023, is testing a Volvo FM Electric 4x2 tractor unit and a 16t rigid, both of which produce zero tailpipe emissions and will be charged at Evri’s hub in Rugby.
The Volvo FM Electric has a load capacity of 23 tonnes, and a battery capacity of 450-540 kWh, which should deliver a 300km range. The vehicle has three electrical motors and performs up to 2400 Nm and 650 hp.
This latest development follows Evri’s recent announcement that it reduced its operational carbon emissions by 31% since last year and reduced its carbon per parcel by 10% in 2022-23 from a 2020/21 baseline.
Yorkshire-based Evri expects to deliver more than 500,000 parcels with e-cargo bikes this year and hopes to have an alternative-fuel solution in first, middle and final mile.
David Landy, Head of Fleet at Evri, said: “We’re delighted to have the vehicles to try out and learn from them. We’re keen for our site teams to get used to the new technology as we continue to grow a more sustainable fleet. These journeys require an extensive range to maintain efficiency of the parcel journey, so it’s the toughest areas to decarbonise.”