Electric LDVs give Tesco a little extra help

Tesco has acquired 30 LDV EV80 electric vans for its home delivery service as part of its pledge to be carbon neutral by 2035. The 56kW EV80 is claimed to have a 120 mile range from a high-capacity lithium battery which can be fully charged in under 90 minutes.

The EV80 drives through the Digital Intelligent CVT (continuously variable transmission) system which adjusts the motor’s output according to operating conditions. The refrigerated bodies are chilled by Thermo King electric units. The vans are supplied fully-liveried and come with a standard five-year R&M package.

Tesco joins operators including Royal Mail, IKEA and Milk & More in adopting the Chinese-owned SAIC Maxus brand, distributed in European RHD markets by the Dublin-based Harris Group.

Harris general manager Mark Barrett said: “It’s great to be part of Tesco’s greener motoring journey and it’s fantastic to see the EV80 decked out in Tesco livery. With a new fleet of EV80s at Tesco’s disposal, customers can lower their carbon footprint while enjoying the convenience of home delivery. Our electric vehicles are easily customised, making them the right fit for any business looking to improve their environmental credentials. Our range of EV vehicles offer exceptional battery range, modern specifications and are accessible to businesses big or small through our affordable commercial options.”

Speed Welshpool aims for the stars

Speed Welshpool, the independent parcel, pallet and general haulage provider covering Mid Wales and Shropshire, has celebrated a record trading year with the acquisition of a special commemorative Scania R520 V8. In the 10 years of its ownership by the Edwards family, the business had been projected to pass a turnover of £5.2m in the latest financial year. However the actual figure turned out to be in excess of £5.6m.

With activities including membership of the Palletways and DX Freight networks, Speed Welshpool also engages in general haulage, including the prestigious Radnor Hills bottled water distribution contract.

MD George Edwards said: “A happy coincidence that we ended up smashing this milestone and the vehicle we looked at buying was a 520. We are very driver focussed so wanted to get some special kit - with a Scania being a driver’s truck, we thought why not and let’s go for a V8. One idea led to another and we then thought let’s get this wrapped in some special graphics to really stand out from the crowd. And here we are!”

The truck, acquired from West Pennine Trucks in Knighton, has a unique livery featuring elements of its regular star-spangled design, with the prominent addition of the motto Per Aspera Ad Astra, "through hardships to the stars".