To make deliveries from its distribution facilities to stores in city centers in the UK, Tesco has made history by being the first retailer to introduce a zero-emission electric lorry. All participants in the logistics and transportation sector should seriously prioritize the use of electric trucks since they will help clean up the air in cities and cut emissions. Delivering on the UK’s net zero aspirations can be significantly aided by tackling the 16% of domestic transport emissions currently attributed to heavy goods vehicles, including delivery vans. The addition of electric delivery vans to Tesco’s fleet will help the retailer meet its goal of having net zero emissions from internal operations by 2035.
Every year, 30,000 miles of the electric truck’s road will be replaced with clean, renewable energy. By using clean, green energy to power the truck, 23 tonnes of CO2e are saved annually. The Renault Trucks-built electric vehicle, which is now delivering to more than 400 retailers in Greater London, will be joined in operation in the coming months by additional electric lorries. The vehicle can carry the same payload as the diesel truck it replaces and has a range of up to 130 miles. At its distribution center in Dagenham, Tesco has installed EV charging stations.
This kind of use for electric vehicles had been hailed for a very long time as the ideal scenario. These routes are distinguished by well-known routes, a wide driving area, and regular timetables, making it simple to plan vehicle charging and enhance driving habits. While the lorries are being unloaded, charging would be simple at the distribution hubs and even at the stores themselves. It’s encouraging to note that electric lorries are now becoming available in this category for this crucial use case.
These are the truck’s specifications:
Trucks Renault D Wide E Tech 18/19t
Wheelbase: 4.75 m 4 x 66 kWh traction batteries for the day cab, with a 22 kWh AC/150 kWh DC charging capacity. Power supply for a 600v TVJB refrigerator Solomon Commercials, in body According to Tesco specifications, the 6.4m external length refrigerated body has a rear shutter door and a 1500kg column tail lift. Equipment for refrigeration: Carrier TRS Syberia 11 with power converter, supplied by Renault Trucks 600v TVJB Fridge power supply unit, is powered directly from the vehicle batteries. With its multiple temperature zones, the Renault Trucks D Wide E-Tech vehicle can transport stock with various temperature requirements. Additionally, Tesco and Volta Trucks are developing a full-electric truck prototype. The Volta Zero’s purpose-built, from-the-ground-up design was intended to assist address the issue of emissions in urban environments while also enhancing road safety. With cameras in place of wing mirrors and a glasshouse-style cab where the driver sits in the middle, blind spots are reduced and the driver has superior view of pedestrians and other vulnerable road users.
Tesco added electric heavy freight articulated vehicles to its fleet in January of this year, making it the first UK retailer to do so. These trucks move goods emissions-free between its distribution facility in Magor and the Cardiff rail terminal.
We all want to see cleaner air and less pollution in our cities, and electric vehicles will be essential in making this happen, according to Jason Tarry, CEO of Tesco UK and ROI. One of the biggest distribution networks in the UK is that of Tesco, which gives us a fantastic opportunity to introduce new innovations like this sector-leading E Tech electric truck from Renault Trucks. We’re quite enthusiastic about the changes we’re making throughout our business, including the conversion to electric home delivery trucks and the introduction of electric vehicle charging stations for our clients.
According to Carlos Rodrigues, Managing Director of Renault Trucks UK and Ireland, “We are pleased that Tesco, the largest supermarket chain in the UK, has chosen to partner with Renault Trucks on its journey to net zero and selected the E-Tech D-Wide for its first fully electric model to move refrigerated goods more quietly and with zero emissions across the Greater London area.”
One of the top businesses that has firmly committed to addressing climate change challenges is Tesco. Tesco has pledged to achieve net zero carbon emissions across its whole footprint by 2050 and carbon neutral operations by 2035.
Tesco made an announcement in 2019 about a project to install solar panels and wind turbines on its own sites and to purchase renewable electricity directly from wind farms and solar farms through Power Purchase Agreements. Additionally, Tesco joined the Clean Van Commitment in 2019 to help the transition to low-emission vans. By 2028, Tesco’s UK home delivery fleet will be all electric. Tesco is a member of the global effort EV100, which aims to hasten the switch to electric vehicles. Tesco has proudly added Inverness Extra as shop number 500 to its network of 500 nationwide locations offering free electric vehicle charging, making it the largest network in the UK. The free electric vehicle charging station shown in this video is located at a Tesco location in Worthing.
picture provided by Tesco
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