Lenham Storage has put its first zero-tailpipe emission trucks into operation, having taken delivery of two new Volvo FM Electric 4×2 tractor units. 

Supplied by MC Truck & Bus, the new additions join the fleet following a successful trial with a demonstrator vehicle, which highlighted how electric-powered trucks could fit seamlessly into the haulier’s operations in and around London.

The vehicles have been carrying out multi-drop deliveries mainly inside the M25 as part of the business’ core ambient grocery and fast-moving consumer goods work.

Powered by three electrical motors which generate 666 hp and 2,400 Nm of continuous torque, each FM Electric is equipped with the maximum six batteries, unlocking a driving range of about 300 km. 

An onboard electromobility traction control system helps manage output on slippery surfaces, while different drive modes are available to set the desired performance, comfort, and energy usage levels.

Volvo’s standard I-Shift gearbox also constantly evaluates information about speed, weight, road grade and torque demand.

The FMs work throughout the day before returning to Lenham Storage’s Maidstone depot to charge overnight on a 43kW AC charger.

In addition, a full Volvo Gold contract covers all maintenance and repairs, including proactive monitoring of batteries and associated components.

Andrew Fulcher, Transport Operations Director at Lenham Storage, said, “Many of our customers operate in the food and retail sectors, with ambitious targets in terms of cutting carbon emissions across their supply-chain, which ties in well with our own strategy and ethos. 

“Overall, we’re very happy with how they have settled in. The range is delivering everything we were promised so far, and they are returning to the depot with plenty of life left in the battery.”


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