Menzies Distribution is speeding up its EV strategy with a 12-month trial of a pre-production, all-electric Ford Transit van.
The E-Transit being tested is the L3 H3 425 GVM variant, featuring a 68kWh battery and 135 KW motor, and with an estimated range of up to 183 miles (WLTP).
Ford Pro E-Telematics will help enhance driver performance with in-vehicle coaching, while new auto stop-start technology will reduce wear on brakes.
In addition, the E-Transit has a loadcube that mirrors its diesel counterpart and has been identified by the group as suitable for newstrade, express and parcel operations.
At present, Menzies has about 90 charging locations in its network, making it one of the UK’s largest commercial EV charging infrastructures.
Menzies will test the E-Transit and its existing charging infrastructure, reconciling manufacturer statistics with its own on-the-road assessment.
The test will engage both the Menzies Newstrade and Express operations, providing varied routes, mixed terrain, different speeds and, vast mileage ranges.
This year Menzies announced plans to become Net Zero for Scope 1 and 2 emissions by no later than 2035 – 15 years ahead of the target date set under the Paris Agreement and in UK legislation.
Adam Purshall, Fleet and Procurement Director at Menzies Distribution, said: “We are excited to have this opportunity to push the E-Transit and our infrastructure as hard as we can to fully understand the limitations of both and work with the manufacturer to deliver the future of EV technology.
“The transport department is ready to embrace this trial with open arms, and the buy-in of drivers and staff is key to its success.”