AF Blakemore has added two Volvo FM Electric trucks to its fleet and will power its fridge trailers using HVO fuel in order to reduce its carbon footprint.

It said the trucks had a range of 185 miles and would provide it with a clean and efficient solution for long-distance deliveries.

“We are thrilled to be at the forefront of the electric vehicle revolution in the convenience retail sector,” said Caoire Blakemore, AF Blakemore’s responsible business director.

“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.”

The company has also partnered with fuel distributor Certas to begin running its refrigerated trailers on renewable biofuel HVO.

Hartshorne Group, which supplied the trucks, said they had fitted “seamlessly” into the company’s operation following a rigorous trial: “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,” added James Cowen, Hartshorne Group MD.

AF Blakemore said two more electric HGVs are due to be delivered in March, as part of the government’s electric freightway programme.