Chilled food supplier Reynolds has taken delivery of the first of 24 new all-electric trucks from contract Hire specialist Fraikin.
Signed to a five-year, full-service contract hire agreement, the new 7.5-tonne temperature-controlled rigid features an Isuzu chassis specifically adapted by electric drivetrain specialist, Magtec, with a bespoke body from Paneltex.
Joining a 212-strong mixed commercial vehicle fleet, the new truck replaces an older diesel asset on multi-drop delivery routes around Bristol and Bath and is saving the business around 550kg of CO2 emissions per week.
Over the next three years the plan is for it to be joined by a further 23 electric vehicles.
These include 10 new 4.5-tonne vans, 10 more 7.5-tonne trucks, a 26-tonne and 19-tonne rigid, and an all-electric DAF tractor unit into operation by 2025, spread across its seven depots in Bristol, Bury St Edmunds, Coalville, Grangemouth, Leeds, Newbury, and Stockport.
The new vehicle, which requires a seven-hour overnight charge, is on the road six days per week, covering between 90 and 100 miles a day, well within the 140-mile range from a single charge.
Reynolds will rely on Fraikin for all repair, maintenance and servicing on the new vehicle, utilising the company’s national network of workshops
Steve White, head of National Fleet at Reynolds, said, “We believe electric to be the future, so have invested in the charging infrastructure required to support our plans.
“We’ve factored in the relevant costs involved and we know that the fuel savings will deliver a return on that investment over time.
“That said, cost-saving has never been the priority for us, this is about leading the charge toward a greener future.”