AF Blakemore invests in its first electric HGVs

Left to right: James Cowen of Hartshorne Group; Charles Blakemore; Ian Middleton of Crossroads Truck & Bus; Peter Blakemore; Jack Hulse of Hartshorne Group; and Caoire Blakemore.

AF Blakemore & Son has added two state-of-the-art electric HGVs to its fleet, marking a significant step towards its commitment to sustainable operations.

The zero-emission vehicles, supplied by Hartshorne Group and Volvo Trucks, boast a range of 185 miles.

“We are thrilled to be at the forefront of the electric vehicle revolution in the convenience retail sector,” said Caoire Blakemore, responsible business director. “The addition of these electric HGVs demonstrates our commitment to reducing our environmental impact. We believe this is just the beginning of our journey towards becoming a net zero carbon company by 2040 and we are excited to see the positive impact these vehicles will have on our operations and the environment.”

The two new Volvo FM Electric trucks are equipped with innovative battery technology and regenerative braking, offering a clean and efficient solution for long-distance deliveries.

Additionally, the company is committed to further reducing its carbon footprint by partnering with Certas to utilise fridge trailers powered by HVO fuel. HVO, a biofuel produced from renewable sources, offers a significant reduction in greenhouse gas emissions compared to traditional diesel.

The introduction of the two electric HGVs is the first phase of AF Blakemore’s commitment to electric transportation. As part of the UK Government’s Electric Freightway Programme, two additional electric HGVs are set to be delivered in March to service Blakemore’s Bedford depot.

Published Date: February 12, 2024
Category: Wholesale Industry News