- 17 January 2022
- Transport / Logistics Services
Through its distribution provider Clipper Logistics, the UK Crown Estate is to run an electric truck trial using a Volta Trucks 16 tonne truck delivering items to London’s Regent Street.
The pilot is to take place this summer, with the idea of making orders for Volta Zero trucks later in the year.
The UK government is to ban sales of fossil fuelled vehicles in 2030 and fleet operators are looking at what is on the market today so they are ready for the transition in eight years time.
The Crown Estate is one of the largest property owners in the West End. Clipper Logistics runs a delivery consolidation service, delivering goods to shops like John Lewis and H&M on Regent Street. It takes delivery of those goods at a warehouse outside London and consolidates them into fewer trucks for the final run into Central London. According to the Crown Estate this move has cut its emissions by 92% to date.
Clipper Logistics Chief Executive Tony Mannix said that those companies like Volta Trucks with vehicles at an advanced stage of development will see a surge in demand as logistics businesses seek suitable EV vehicles. He also said that too few truck companies are at that stage.
“Companies like Volta are going to find there is big demand for their trucks,” Mannix said. “We need bigger vehicle manufacturers to accelerate the development of zero-emission models.”