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Trial looks at EV use for urban deliveries

CEVA Logistics in the UK is undertaking an electric vehicle trial for trucks delivering into central London


February 11, 2020
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Tevva is offering its vehicles for three- to six-month trials.

Ashby-de-la-Zouch, UK – CEVA Logistics in the UK is using its Urban Distribution Hub at Dartford, Kent to undertake an electric vehicle trial for trucks delivering into central London.

CEVA has partnered with Tevva, a UK-based developer of modular electrification systems for medium-duty commercial vehicles, to undertake trials of the equipment to research which can deliver the best results. Using real-world operational data, it aims to offer practical solutions for companies looking to use electric vehicles in their fleets.

“The big players in the transport industry already see the benefits, opportunities and potential of technology like ours but too many businesses in the UK and across Europe still have a relatively low level of awareness,” said David Thackray, Tevva’s sales and marketing director.

“Tevva electrify will enable a better understanding and increased adoption to accelerate significantly by proving beyond any possible doubt in real-world environments that logistics electrification technology is ready to displace diesel now.”

The three- to six-month month trial aims to find ways to reduce the impact of commercial vehicles on air, noise and congestion. Two 12-tonne vehicles will operate from Dartford to provide daily, central London deliveries to Guys & St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust.  One of the vehicles has a refrigeration unit; the other is a standard layout truck.

The telematics-based data produced by the trial will enable both CEVA Logistics and Tevva to accurately understand how the vehicles can be used in the future. All the research generated by the trial and the Tevva electrify initiative as a whole will be used to shape the next steps around the introduction of more electric vehicles and of what type into the company’s fleet.

The trial also supports the Transport for London (TfL) FreightLab initiative, which aims to tackle congestion and keep goods moving in London and in which CEVA Logistics is a launch partner.

The introduction of electric trucks into its fleet is a key part of CEVA’s ongoing commitment to reducing emissions in the supply chain.