Office supplies specialist Lyreco has invested £2.3 million in 50 new Ford E-Transit electric vans, to be based at its regional distribution centres across the UK.
The new vans join the company’s existing 17 Renault Master Z.E all-electric light goods vehicles at 13 of its 24 regional distribution centres across the UK, in areas including Dartford, Edinburgh, Manchester and Oxford.
Lyreco has invested more than £124,000 in charging infrastructure across its regional distribution centre network to ensure that vehicles are charged taking advantage of Renewal Energy Guaranteed Origin (REGO) electricity.
In addition, vans at the company’s national distribution centre site in Telford will be charged by electricity generated by its own renewable energy solar panel-powered charging stations.
Acquisition of the new vehicles is in line with Lyreco’s goal to become completely carbon neutral by 2030.
It also meets its Clean Van Commitment – a corporate pledge to move to zero tailpipe emission vans by 2028.
Peter Gojka, Building Services Manager, Lyreco UK & Ireland said, “The acceleration to electrify our fleet has been driven by our desire to embrace sustainable change and demonstrate commitment to moving away from diesel.
“In making this significant investment to our infrastructure we are playing an active role in reducing the environmental impact of delivery transport while safeguarding the planet, our customers, and our business.
“There will come a point when businesses are forced to change. Our aim is to lead the charge and we have paid great attention to how our new electric delivery vehicles can bring the greatest benefits to our customers and our operations right now.”