Last Mile Brief 25/10: Evri invests £3 million in UK fleet ahead of peak season
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Evri says it has invested more than £3 million in its fleet as it prepares for its busiest ever peak period. The company expects to be delivering up to 3.5 million parcels on its busiest days.
The investment includes an order for Evri’s first-ever electric HGV. The DAF XB eHGV has a range of up to 350 zero-emission kilometres, can go from a 20% to 80% charge in under 70 minutes depending on the specification, and will be in operation before Christmas.
The company is also trialling another two electric HGVs in a separate trial.
Other fleet upgrades include 12 more bio-CNG (compress natural gas) Iveco S-Way tractor units, bringing its total to 202 bio-CNG vehicles. Evri says the vehicles reduce emissions by 80% compared to their diesel equivalents.
Moreover, an additional 20 bio-CNG tractor units have been temporarily added to the fleet to support peak season parcel demand.
Finally, earlier this month, Evri took delivery of 43 long-body rigids which are 10m long rather than 8.5m, increasing the capacity by 25% from 16 to 20 pallets.
Evri states that these vehicles, which will be in operation by the end of October, will significantly reduce the number of vehicles and miles on the road.
Commenting on the investment, David Landy, Head of Fleet at Evri, said:
“We’re excited get our hands on our first permanent electric HGV. I’m really proud of the investment our business continues to make in more sustainable vehicles, and I can’t wait to see what this vehicle can do in a highly demanding environment. We’ll be closely monitoring its performance so we can explore which other routes might be suitable for this kind of vehicle. Many of our routes require an extensive range to maintain efficiency of the parcel journey, so it’s the toughest area to decarbonise. It’s been great to work with our suppliers Adams Morey Ltd to supply the trucks and our long-term supplier GK Signs for applying the fantastic livery.”