UK delivery company Evri is trialling two electric HGVs in an effort to further reduce emissions in the first and middle mile of a parcel’s journey.
The two e-HGVs join Evri’s existing fleet, which includes 190 bio-CNG (compressed natural gas) tractor units, 44 vehicles running on HVO (hydro-treated vegetable oil), 168 electric vans and more than 20 e-cargo bikes.
During the month-long trial, due to conclude by the end of September 2023, Evri will test a Volvo FM Electric 4×2 tractor unit and a 16-tonne rigid, both of which produce zero tailpipe emissions, at its Rugby hub.
The Volvo FM Electric has a load capacity of 23 tonnes and a battery capacity of 450-540kWh, which should deliver a 300km (186.4 miles) range. The vehicle also has three electric motors and performs up to 2,400Nm and 650hp.
David Landy, head of fleet at Evri, which is a finalist at this year’s CiTTi Awards in the clean air and last-mile delivery categories, said: “We’re delighted to have the vehicles to try out and learn from them.
“We’re keen for our site teams to get used to the new technology as we continue to grow a more sustainable fleet. These journeys require an extensive range to maintain efficiency of the parcel journey, so it’s the toughest areas to decarbonise.”
The start of the trial follows the recent announcement that Evri has reduced its operational carbon emissions by 31% since last year  and cut its carbon per parcel by 10% in 2022-23 from a 2020/21 baseline.
Yorkshire-based Evri said it expects to deliver more than 500,000 parcels with e-cargo bikes this year and hopes to have an alternative-fuel solution in first, middle and final mile.
Innovations and achievements in electric vehicles and last-mile logistics will be highlighted and celebrated at the second annual CiTTi Awards on 21 November 2023 at the De Vere Grand Connaught Rooms in London. Visit www.cittiawards.co.uk to learn more about this unmissable event for the UK’s transportation sector – and to book your table today!