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British supermarket chain Tesco will launch the UK’s first commercial electric articulated HGVs.

From next month, two of the electric trucks will transport products emissions-free on the roughly 15-mile route between Wentloog rail terminal just outside the Cardiff and the company’s Newport depot.

The 37-tonne DAF electric trucks will transport food and other products in partnership with international freight forwarding company FSEW.

The two trucks will replace around 65,000 diesel-powered miles and remove more than 87 tonnes of CO2 per year. What’s more, new charging points supplied by FSEW will provide enough energy to power the lorries to cover 100 miles before needing to charge again.

“Tesco’s distribution network is one of the largest in the UK and plays an important role in our efforts to become net zero in our own operations by 2035. We’ve already made progress by starting our switch to electric home delivery vans and rolling out electric vehicles charging points for our customers. I’m excited that Tesco can also lead the way in electric haulage innovation, helping to tackle this last source of road transport emissions with the support of FSEW,” says Jason Tarry, Tesco’s CEO.

Tesco is also aiming to achieve net-zero emissions in its own operations by 2035, while FSEW is working to replace more than 40 diesel vehicles with low-carbon alternatives and switch to fleet-wide zero-emission transport operations by 2025.

“This is a landmark day for us here at FSEW, representing a major step forward in our commitment to providing zero-emissions transport freight services,” says Geoff Tomlinson, FSEW Managing Director.

“Together we are working to create a cleaner and greener logistics experience. This is transformational for the UK’s commercial and retail industries and is just the start of our work to supply electric heavy freight vehicles to customers such as Tesco.”

“Setting the industry standard is important to us,” he continues, “which is why we also have plans underway to create an eFreight hub in Cardiff which will include a low carbon fuel facility for the use of all freight providers and commercial and municipal operators and are also launching this month two further trucks running on 100% renewable biomethane fuel for freight transport use.”

While the trucks will be owned by Tesco, FSEW will own and operate the charging infrastructure, as well as managing the goods arriving by rail to Cardiff on behalf of Tesco.

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