NGC Logistics welcomed a new Renault Trucks Master Red Edition ZE to its fleet, which began service on Black Friday.
The company is the first Amazon Delivery Partner in the UK to put a fully electric van into service.
Operating out of Amazon’s Northampton Delivery Station, the 3.1-tonne panel vans are the first ZE Red Editions delivered to a customer in Europe.
NGC will operate four of the vehicles initially. They will provide a fully electric service to customers in Northampton and Milton Keynes undertaking the same number of deliveries as traditional diesel engine vehicles.
Kevin Savage, operations director at NGC, said: “This investment into electric vans is entirely led by our customers; with Amazon clearly stating their intention to become carbon neutral and consumers becoming more aware of their impact on climate change. The need to change without slowing the supply chain or significantly increasing cost was paramount and has been achieved through cooperation with everyone involved delivering the program in time for the busiest period of the year.”
Wearing NGC’s new electric blue livery, the Master ZE is powered by a 57kW motor with 33kWh battery, offering a range of up to 75 miles.
NGC’s mixed fleet contains more than 50 Renault trucks and vans, from LCVs which include Allport’s CitiLoader curtainside and EasiLoader Luton box bodied vehicles, to Range D rigids at 18 and 26 tonnes and Range T380 tractor units, plus ten trailers.
Grahame Neagus, head of LCV Renault Trucks UK & Ireland, said electromobility is the answer to the challenges of air quality and noise pollution in urban areas: “The Master Z.E. is perfectly suited to NGC’s final mile deliveries. As we move to a lower carbon economy, our electric vehicles will drive the future, not only improving air quality and efficiency, but also enabling noise-free out of hours deliveries to reduce congestion.”