Menzies Distribution expands its electrified fleet

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Menzies Distribution has expanded its zero-emissions delivery fleet to more than 120 vehicles.

The company claims to have the UK’s largest all-electric vehicle fleet as well as the largest commercial charging infrastructure in the UK - through its wholly-owned subsidiary Gnewt, delivering parcels across London.

Menzies’ new vans are based in Oban and are the first electric vehicles to be based in the company’s Scottish network.

Adam Smith, group commercial director at Menzies Distribution, said: “We currently have more than 120 electric vehicles delivering parcels, with a particular concentration in London, and we are looking to take the lessons we have learned from running one of the largest all-electric fleets in the UK and roll out across the country.

“Through Gnewt by Menzies Distribution, our electric vans have already delivered more than 10 million parcels emission free and we look to significantly increase that volume in 2020 as part of our green fleet strategy to introduce electric vans, powered by renewable energy to our UK depots.”

Three new electric vans, Nissan ENV-200s with a Voltia conversion, will operate from Oban serving routes across West Scotland.

The vans have a range of around 120 miles, with Menzies working towards charging using renewable energy across its entire operation, decreasing the carbon footprint of its deliveries.

Menzies Distribution’s Gnewt subsidiary has recently delivered its ten millionth parcel emission free, saving a total estimated 2.3 million kg of CO2 compared to standard diesel delivery vehicles, the impact that green delivery can have.

FTA recently gave Menzies Distribution (Swindon depot) its Roadworthiness Award.

The accolade was introduced in 2007.

The company has been acknowledged for its maintenance of its vehicles, tractor units and trailers.

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