UK-based GWP Group has invested in its first fully electric delivery vehicle.
Operating out of its North Wiltshire production and warehousing site, the zero-emission 4.2-tonne EV Luton van will be used by GWP to deliver corrugated packaging products to their customers across the South west of England.
The move has been supported by the installation of four charging points at GWP’s Cricklade headquarters, allowing charging of the van and other company cars.
James Pedley, Operations Manager, GWP, commented, “We are delighted to have our first fully electric delivery vehicle up and running. Not only will this significantly help us to reduce our carbon emissions, but it will ensure we maintain the high level of service that our customers rely on.”
The ongoing switch to electric vehicles will also be complemented with new route planning software and a driver education and incentive programme to further reduce fuel usage of the existing fleet.
Pedley added, “We are making real strides in reducing fuel consumption at our business, and the changes to customer deliveries are a big part of that. Zero emission electric vehicles and the work being put in behind the scenes play a crucial role in driving these improvements.”
Besides the new vehicle, GWP has implemented several other initiatives to reduce carbon emissions. This includes switching to LED lighting, improving recycling processes and engaging with staff across the business on how further progress can be made. 100% of GWPs electricity is currently procured from renewable sources and the company is also looking at plans to install its own solar panels, on site.