A.F. Blakemore & Son Ltd has added two electric HGVs to its fleet, marking a step towards its commitment to sustainable operations.

The zero-emission vehicles, supplied by Hartshorne Group and Volvo Trucks, boast a range of 185 miles and hope to significantly reduce the company’s carbon footprint and contribution to cleaner air in communities across the Midlands and Wales.

The two new Volvo FM Electric trucks are equipped with innovative battery technology and regenerative braking, aiming to offer a clean and efficient solution for long-distance deliveries.

The company has also announced its commitment to reducing its carbon footprint by partnering with Certas to utilise fridge trailers powered by HVO fuel. HVO, a biofuel produced from renewable sources, offers a significant reduction in greenhouse gas emissions compared to traditional diesel.

Caoire Blakemore A.F. Blakemore’s responsible business director commented on the investment: “The addition of these electric HGVs demonstrates our commitment to reducing our environmental impact. We believe this is just the beginning of our journey towards becoming a net zero carbon company by 2040 and we are excited to see the positive impact these vehicles will have on our operations and the environment.”

James Cowen managing director at Hartshorne Group said: “Our electric trucks, which have proven themselves to fit seamlessly into the operation during a rigorous trial, provide a powerful way to reduce environmental impacts without compromising on performance or reliability. This collaboration is a testament to the growing demand for sustainable transportation solutions in the UK, and we are confident it will inspire other businesses to follow suit.”

As part of the UK Government’s Electric Freightway Programme, two additional electric HGVs are set to be delivered in March to service its Bedford depot.