Volta Trucks, Crown Estate and Clipper Logistics to decarbonise London retail distribution

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Electric commercial vehicle manufacturer Volta Trucks has partnered with property owner The Crown Estate and distribution provider Clipper Logistics to decarbonise and consolidate deliveries into London’s Regent Street retailers.

Set to launch as a trial in summer 2022, the fully-electric Volta Zero is a key component of The Crown Estate’s latest delivery consolidation scheme for its Regent Street customers as part of its commitment to reducing emissions throughout London’s West End.

The Crown Estate’s London portfolio spans 10,000,000ft2 and comprises Regent Street and around half of St James’, with an offer extending across the workplace, retail, dining, leisure, and residential sectors.

For The Crown Estate’s Regent Street customers, this offers access to a single accessible consolidation centre, just outside London’s congestion charge zone, where deliveries are combined and dispatched to and from store.

With its 95-125-mile electric range, the Volta Zero will make emission-free deliveries between the consolidation centre and stores.

Judith Everett, executive director for purpose, sustainability and stakeholder at The Crown Estate, said: “This partnership is another important step towards reducing congestion, improving air quality, and making our streets safer and more accessible across the West End.

“It will be a win-win for us and our customers, helping support their deliveries and our joint sustainability ambitions. It builds on our continued work to trial and test to see what works best for everyone using our streets, now and in the future.”

Since 2008, Clipper Logistics has worked with The Crown Estate to operate the Regent Street delivery scheme, which has been consolidating multiple individual goods delivery trips into fewer combined journeys, helping to tackle London’s traffic congestion, improving local air quality, and supporting retailer efficiency.

Mick Doe, transport operations director at Clipper Logistics, added: “As a business, we recognise we are high milage road users, but we are committed to reducing unnecessary road miles, and ensuring that what we do accumulate is cleaner.

“We are delighted to partner with Volta Trucks and The Crown Estate as part of our on-going commitment to improving the Regent Street environment. The partnership demonstrates Clipper’s agility and logistics ability by working to combat congestion and environmental impact in one of the world’s busiest retail areas.”

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