As orginally reported by our sister publication Motor Transport, Cambridgeshire-based family firm Welch’s Transport is gearing up to provide local businesses with a net zero pallet delivery service as it awaits the arrival of its first fully electric Renault HGV.
Welch’s new electric vehicle is expected next month and should be on the roads around Cambridge soon after. It will be identifiable by its Cambridge-centric livery featuring the city’s skyline in eye-catching ‘electric’ colours.
The move marks the company’s first step to creating a greener Cambridge, with the fully electric 19 tonne vehicle able to deliver general haulage, palleted and hazardous goods.
The move chimes with Cambridge City Council’s Climate Change Strategy, which aims for the city to become net zero by 2030.
The first step in the new Carbon Management Plan is reducing direct carbon emissions from fleet vehicles – including vans, trucks and refuse vehicles.
Chris Welch, director of Welch’s Transport, said: “The arrival of our new electric HGV will help the City Council, and businesses in the city centre realise their Net Zero climate ambitions.
“Multi-national transport and logistics companies must account for vehicle range and available charging infrastructure when plotting out electric vehicle routes for cities like Cambridge, and we are ideally positioned to integrate fully electric vehicles into our fleet due to the prime location depot in Duxford and our newly installed charging station.”
Welch’s Transport has been operating in Cambridgeshire for nearly 90 years and has made it an ambition to provide the best green logistics solution for organisations in and around the city.
Welch added: “The combination of our knowledgeable local drivers, and our new electric HGV will revolutionise last mile deliveries in the Cambridge. We can support every city centre organisation – as well as those in business parks, looking to improve their operations and meet their sustainability goals.”