Volta Trucks, one of the new names to the UK electric truck industry has confirmed F&G Transport has joined its Pioneer Programme which is basically a fancy way of saying its trial programme. They will be the first pallet distribution operator to evaluate the full-electric Volta Zero, their 16 tonne two axle fully electric truck.
West Sussex based F&G Transport are part of the well established United Pallet Network (UPN) and operate vehicles from 3.5 tonne vans to 44 tonne articulated vehicles from its 50,000 sq. ft warehouse in West Sussex, England.
The company is a privately-owned and sustainability-focussed logistics operator, with an ambition to transition its entire fleet of vehicles to electrification as a means of reducing the air pollution in the smaller cities, rural towns, and villages it operates in. They have already taken significant steps to decarbonise their operations with 80% of the forklift trucks already battery powered, and a 100% renewable energy supply.
The Pioneer Programme trial of the Volta Zero is the company’s first evaluation of a full-electric commercial vehicle on their fleet, and the results will be extensively evaluated by both F&G Transport and Volta Trucks to understand the specific use case of pallet distribution.
Announcing the trial, Emma Lindsley, Managing Director of F&G Transport, said;
“We found the Volta Zero Pioneer Programme ideally suited to our needs for our pallet distribution network specifically for safety, distance, and weight capacities. We are excited for the trials to start and our hope is that the shared vision of Volta Trucks and F&G Transport will be highly successful and lead to a partnership that will see us achieve our target of replacing the entire fleet to full electrification as quickly as possible.”
Chief Executive Officer of Volta Trucks, Rob Fowler, continued;
“With today’s announcement of F&G Transport joining the Volta Trucks Pioneer Programme, we are adding yet another valuable use case to our understanding of how a full-electric commercial vehicle integrates into the many different types of logistics operations. Given F&G Transport’s focus on sustainability and the electrification of their fleet, I was delighted that they chose Volta Trucks as their partner for this significant step.”