CEVA Logistics in the United Kingdom is using its Urban Distribution Hub in Dartford, Kent to undertake an electric vehicle trial for lorries delivering into central London.
The company has also become the first partner in Tevva’s electrify initiative, which aims to support companies that research electric vehicle technology for the supply chain. Using real-world operational data, it aims to offer practical solutions for companies looking to use electric vehicles in their fleets.
The introduction of electric trucks into its fleet is a key part of CEVA's ongoing commitment to reducing emissions in the supply chain, according to a company statement. It has partnered with Tevva, a UK-based developer of modular electrification systems for medium duty commercial vehicles, to undertake trials of the equipment to optimise results.
The overall aim of this 3-6 month trial is to find ways to reduce the impact of commercial vehicles in air and noise pollution and to reduce congestion. Two 12 tonne vehicles will operate from Dartford to provide daily, central London deliveries to Guys & St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust. One of the vehicles has a chill/refrigeration unit within it, and the other is a standard layout truck.
The telematics-based data produced by the trial will enable both CEVA Logistics and Tevva to accurately understand how the vehicles can be used in the future to meet customer demands. All the research generated by the trial and the Tevva electrify initiative as a whole will be used to shape the next steps around the introduction of more electric vehicles and of what type into the company's fleet.
The trial also supports the Transport for London (TfL) FreightLab initiative, which aims to tackle congestion, keeping goods moving in London, in which CEVA Logistics is a launch partner.