Marks & Spencer, the major UK retailer, will buy a number of Newton electric delivery trucks from Smith Electric Vehicles, owned by the Tanfield Group. Marks & Spencer will use the Newton vehicles in various city center logistics operations, with a view to Smith vehicles replacing Marks & Spencer’s urban diesel fleet where pertinent.
The 7.5 tonne Newton truck uses four Zebra 278V batteries. Fully charged, the vehicle has a range of 130 miles and a top speed of 50 mph.
We are delighted to be one of the first major companies in the UK to explore the opportunities zero emission vehicles bring. The Newton electric vehicle is not only environmentally friendly but cost-effective and its quietness makes it perfect for deliveries in residential areas.
Marks & Spencer recently announced Plan A, our 100 point eco-plan [earlier post], which will see us become Carbon Neutral within five years. Zero emission vehicles such as the Newton could potentially play a large role in helping us meet that commitment.—Ian Mumby, Head of Food Logistics and Supply Chain, Marks & Spencer
TNT Express and TNT Logistics are also testing out Newton models in their oeprations. If the trials proves successful, TNT will consider adding 200 additional zero emission vehicles to its fleet to serve in other urban locations in the UK. (Earlier post.)
Smith Electric Vehicles is also working on 3.5-, 9- and 12-tonne elecric trucks.