Rapid Charge Ultrafast Charges UK's First Electric HGV

By George Siviter-Tims Posted:06/01/22

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Tesco has entered a partnership with the logistics and international freight forwarding company FSEW to move goods between Cardiff and Magor using electric HGV's

Tesco has entered a partnership with the logistics and international freight forwarding company FSEW to move goods between Cardiff and Magor using electric HGV's. Rapid Charge were integral in this process supplying and fitting the Delta 200kW Ultrafast Unit as well as providing an OCPP portal to monitor charger performance and users.

These two lorries will replace around 65,000 diesel-fuelled road miles with green energy, removing 87.4 tonnes of CO2 emissions per year.
The lorries can travel 100 miles on a single charge and they can receive a full fast charge via the 200kW charger that we installed in Cardiff. 

Heavy goods vehicles make up about 16% of the UK’s transport emissions so tackling this problem with electric lorries helps the UK get closer to its Net-Zero targets faster.
Despite significant advances in battery technology and charging infrastructure for smaller vehicles, there hasn’t been a commercially viable solution for electric haulage and distribution until now.
This is starting to change with developing technology and increased efficiency making electric vehicles cheaper to produce.
Britain became the first country to commit to making all new goods vehicles weighing 26 tonnes and under zero-emission by 2035 at the Cop26 climate summit last month.
The largest HGVs will not need to be zero emission until 2040, a decade later than the UK’s target date for phasing out the sale of new petrol and diesel cars.

Jason Tarry, the chief executive of Tesco in the UK and Ireland, said starting to convert its distribution network, one of the largest in the UK, would play an important role in the supermarket’s efforts to become net zero by 2035.

“We’ve already made progress by starting our switch to electric home delivery vans and rolling out electric vehicles charging points for our customers. I’m excited that Tesco can also lead the way in electric haulage innovation, helping to tackle this last source of road transport emissions.”

But by demonstrating that electric HGV transportation is commercially viable, Tesco said it hoped to contribute to encouraging wider investment in technology and innovation to support the haulage sector’s efforts to reduce emissions and air pollution.

View more details and a video of the installation on our case studies page. Commercial EV charger installation 

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