Humber-based Neill & Brown Global Logistics is embarking on its first trial of a fully electric truck as part of its sustainability efforts. Supplied through Premium Leasing, the vehicle, an 18-tonne Renault Trucks E-Tech D rigid, is part of Vertellus’s 3-month EV Discovery programme, including the installation of a DC charger at the vehicle’s operating base in Hessle.

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“Reducing our environmental impact is a priority for our business and our customers,” explains Peter Brown, CEO of Neill & Brown. ”We aim to minimise our fleet’s Carbon footprint, and the Vertellus ev Discovery Programme allows us to evaluate an electric truck under real-world conditions, without the long-term commitment of purchasing a vehicle.”

The electric truck has been integrated into Neill & Brown’s network logistics fleet for local deliveries, covering distribution in the HU postcode area for Pall-Ex. Fleet Manager Michael Organ reports that the electric truck is meeting operational demands, making deliveries throughout the day and returning for Charging in the afternoon. He notes its smooth and quiet operation, highlighting reduced noise and vibrations compared to conventional vehicles.

Sustainability is a key focus for Neill & Brown, with recent investments including solar panels at its Marfleet warehouse and the electrification of its forklift truck fleet. 

“For local deliveries, electric trucks show promise,” added Brown, ”but further support is needed to accelerate adoption and ensure a sustainable future for freight transport.”