The Electra eCargo Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle has successfully completed its three-month trial for British grocery giant Sainsbury’s.
In this blog, read all about the outcome of the trial and what it means for the haulage industry as a whole…
Electra’s 19-tonne zero-emissions truck
The trial saw Sainsbury’s use Electra’s 19-tonne, zero-emissions refrigerated truck to transport produce to stores across the country over a three-month period.
Carrying out a typical daily return journey of 208 miles, from Sherburn-on-Elmet to Newcastle, the initiative was a success.
And what does this mean for the environment?
Each day, an estimated 314kg of CO2 was saved as a result of using Electra’s EV in place of a diesel truck.
It also used only 65% of its total hydrogen capacity per trip. This puts the estimated daily range at 320 miles on just one fill-up. Plus, it demonstrates that hydrogen is a truly viable alternative to diesel for haulage fleets!
Next steps for Sainsbury’s
While Sainsbury’s has no immediate plans to roll out these environmentally friendly HGVs, the results are not to be understated.
According to Sainsbury’s head of engineering and compliance, Gary King:
“Achieving zero carbon emissions for a regular haulage route is a significant initial step and will inform future decision making.”
With that in mind, it’s possible that zero-carbon supermarket delivery fleets might not be far off.
Sustainability in the haulage sector
The UK is striving towards sustainability across sectors.
Given that 16% of all UK emissions are caused by Heavy Goods Vehicles, it’s clear that the transport sector has a lot of work to do. And the last thing you want your organisation to do is fall behind.
With supermarkets across the board aiming for Net Zero by 2040 (in accordance with a British Retail Consortium sustainability initiative), your business will need to put innovation first if it’s to be a haulier of choice moving forwards.
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