New HGV framework includes electric vehicle conversions

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The Procurement Partnership Limited (TPPL) & North East Procurement Organisation (NEPO) have launched a new Heavy Goods Vehicle (HGV) and Specialist Vehicle Procurement Framework.

In addition to the purchase and contract hire of HGVs and specialist vehicles, the framework provides an opportunity for public sector organisations to convert existing petrol or diesel vehicles to electric or hydrogen drivetrain technology.

The Framework comprises five lots:

  • Lot 1: OEM chassis 12.5ft – 44t including spare parts and maintenance contracts
  • Lot 2: Vehicle conversions up to 44t including spare parts and maintenance contracts
  • Lot 3: Contract hire of heavy goods vehicles, 12.5t and above
  • Lot 4: Contract hire of buses, 5-75 seats
  • Lot 5: Electric or hydrogen drivetrain conversions for pre-existing and glider chassis

James Brennan, managing director at The Procurement Partnership, said: “We are delighted to support the government’s ‘Road to Zero’ strategy through the inclusion of a lot specifically scoped for electric and hydrogen fuel cell conversions.

“It will be key in enabling public sector bodies to harness the new technology and meet their net zero carbon targets. The solution will be supported by specialist advice and guidance throughout the tender process by TPPL’s in house tender team and fleet experts.”

Nine suppliers have been appointed to the drivetrain conversion lot, providing a variety of carbon reduction and zero emission solutions for contracting authorities calling off from the framework.

These solutions include: full electric repowering of conventionally fuelled existing refuse vehicles, full hydrogen fuel cell conversions to existing and new glider chassis, in addition to range extending hydrogen dual fuel conversions for conventionally fuelled engines on members existing chassis.

They cover a range of assets including; Light and Medium commercial Vehicles, Heavy Goods Vehicles, Buses and Coaches up to 75 seats.

Members are provided with the opportunity to have vehicles refurbished in conjunction with the re-powering solutions offered.

The framework can be accessed by way of direct award or further competition based on requirements and preferences.

The framework will run until January 2025.

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