Gregory Group has added six new Volvo FE Electric 4x2 curtainsiders to its fleet as part of its sustainability initiative to achieve net zero emissions by 2038. These zero-emission vehicles are part of a larger order from Volvo Trucks, which also includes 50 fuel-efficient FH with I-Save tractor units.


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“The latest intake from Volvo Trucks marks a significant fleet renewal strategy to replace older diesel models, as we look to drive down the emissions across our operation in our bid to be Net Zero by 2038,” said Paul Jefferson, Group Legal, Fleet & Sustainability Director at Gregory Group. 

“The FE Electrics play a key role in that. As part of the trial, we worked closely with Volvo to establish the routes and operations most suitable for electric. They will primarily be used for deliveries in busy towns and city centres, across multiple parts of the business. The FH with I-Save tractor units will join our national distribution fleet and be deployed on longer distance trunking and tramping operations,” he added.

The order was managed by Abdi Ali, National Key Account Manager at Volvo Trucks UK & Ireland, enhancing the existing partnership between the two companies. In recent years, Volvo has supplied Gregory Group with 35 FH gas-powered trucks, supporting the company’s goal of transitioning at least five percent of its fleet to cleaner fuels annually.

The new electric trucks will operate from six depots: Cullompton, Plymouth, Avonmouth, Winsford, Glasgow, and Aberdeen. They will be recharged overnight using newly installed 43kW AC chargers provided by Volvo Trucks.

Gregory Group’s drivers have noted the improved working environment with the new FE Electrics, says the company, citing reduced vibrations and almost silent operation. The trucks feature Volvo’s powertrain with two electric motors and a two-speed gearbox, providing a smooth driving experience with a unique traction control system for slippery surfaces. With four batteries, the FE Electric chassis offers a range of up to 250km.

The trucks are specified with brushed Alcoa Dura-Bright aluminum rims and aluminum air tanks to minimize kerb weight. The decision to choose Volvo Trucks was reinforced by the positive feedback from the trial phase, where drivers appreciated the performance and smooth operation of the electric trucks. These vehicles are supplied under a five-year contract-hire agreement from Volvo Financial Services, including a comprehensive Volvo Gold Contract that covers preventive maintenance, repairs, and monitoring of key systems, including the batteries and other critical components.