Lyreco has invested £2.3million in the expansion of its electric fleet of vans in the UK, taking the number of electric delivery vehicles from 17 to 67.
50 new Ford E-Transit electric vans have been purchased to join the firm’s existing 17 Renault Master Z.E all-electric light goods vehicles. This development, combined with seeking to comply with legislation concerning vehicle emissions ahead of time, has meant that the Lyreco EV Fleet is now planned to be deployed across 13 of the firm’s 24 regional distribution centres (RDCs) across the country, in areas including Dartford, Edinburgh, Manchester and Oxford.
The vans at the Lyreco National Distribution Centre site in Telford will be charged by electricity generated by the reseller’s own renewable energy solar panel-powered charging stations. Lyreco has invested more than £124,000 in charging infrastructure across the RDC network to ensure that vehicles are charged taking advantage of REGO (Renewal Energy Guaranteed Origin) electricity. Plans are currently being put in place to install charging stations at Lyreco’s remaining sites in 2023.
Acquisition of the new vehicles is in line with Lyreco’s goal to become completely carbon neutral by 2030. It also meets the firm’s Clean Van Commitment – a corporate pledge to move to zero tailpipe emission vans by 2028.
“The acceleration to electrify our fleet has been driven by our desire to embrace sustainable change and demonstrate commitment to moving away from diesel,” said Lyreco Building Services Manager Peter Gojka. “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.”