British bread maker Hovis has introduced all-electric vehicles to its fleet for deliveries up and down the country.
The company will be using a fleet of 7.5t FUSO eCanter trucks that have a 60-mile range, with the first two vehicles going into service in Greater London last week. The first eCanter delivery was to a Tesco store in Rainham, Essex.
Hovis Group’s logistics team will work closely with FUSO over a two-year trial period, monitoring performance to determine how the eCanters support the company’s efforts to reduce ongoing carbon emissions.
“We are very proud to be the first company to introduce electric bread lorries, with the first delivery marking an important step in our efforts to cut our logistics carbon footprint,” said, Nish Kankiwala, CEO of Hovis. “The two eCanter vehicles will play an important role in sustainable fleet management and we are excited to see them in action.
“As part of our environmental strategy we have already installed more efficient route planning and are rolling out clearer labelling on our packaging to communicate that our bread bags are 100% recyclable. We will continue to explore other initiatives to reduce both our packaging and wider corporate carbon footprint for a greener future.”