Tanfield has officially launched its Edison electric van and has secured its first contracts for initial orders of the Edison with Sainsbury’s, TNT, CEVA Logistics and Scottish & Southern Energy.
J Sainsbury Plc, a leading UK retailer, has ordered an initial eight Edison electric vans for its Sainsbury’s Online home shopping delivery fleet. Sainsbury’s aims to switch 20% of its urban delivery fleet to electric vehicles by September 2008 and its entire urban home shopping fleet by 2010.
The order follows a year-long trial by Sainsbury’s of the Faraday zero emission electric vehicle, a larger van based on a different chassis and also produced by Tanfield’s trading division, Smith Electric Vehicles. Sainsbury’s Online deployed the Faraday in home shopping delivery applications in Central London.
The Edison electric van utilizes a Ford Transit Body shell, housing Tanfield’s electric vehicle technology and an Enova 90 kW electric drive. (Earlier post.) The Edison has a restricted top speed of 50 mph and a range of up to 150 miles on one battery charge, while still providing up to 1,500kg of payload. It is the only zero emission vehicle with a GVW of under 3.5t to offer these performance capabilities.
Tanfield has signed a supply agreement with Ford that will see Smith Electric Vehicles convert an initial 100 Ford Transit Body shells to battery-powered Edison vans.
Tanfield has received further confirmed orders for Edison from parcel and logistics companies TNT Express and CEVA Logistics (formerly TNT Logistics), who have both already deployed Tanfield’s Newton 7.5t electric vehicle.
Scottish & Southern Energy, one of the UK’s largest energy companies, has also ordered the Edison for use in its fleet of 6,000 commercial vehicles.