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EV Cargo has teamed up with wine packaging company The Park and DAF Trucks to deliver goods to retailers using DAF’s CF Electric HGV.

Bristol-based The Park packages 25% of all wine sold in the UK and ships six million bottles per week to retailers including Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Asda and Aldi.

By using DAF’s CF Electric HGV the company said it will save 2.68kg of CO2 per litre of diesel not consumed.

The CF Electric 4x2 tractor unit is one of the first zero-emission trucks to enter the market. It has a 210 kW electric motor that draws electrical power from a 350 kWh battery pack. The vehicle has a range of up to 250 kilometres.

Andy Humpherson, chief executive officer at EV Cargo Solutions said: “As a longstanding logistics and supply chain partner, we’ve been working closely with The Park to introduce more sustainable practices within its distribution operations and today’s achievement marks a milestone for the industry.

"Sustainability is one of EV Cargo’s core values and we are continually looking at innovative ways to decarbonise supply chains to reduce both our, and our customers’, impact on the environment.”

Richard Lloyd, general manager at The Park said: “At The Park, driving sustainability forward is at the core of our business. We lead the way in sustainable innovation in the wine industry and by further reducing our carbon footprint by introducing an electric HGV, we hope The Park will be a catalyst for change not just within the wine industry, but for all industries nationwide.

“There is a vital need to meet climate targets, and so businesses must find new and innovative ways to tread more lightly on the planet. As Europe’s largest wine packaging company, we recognise that we have a responsibility to ensure we play a substantial role in finding eco-solutions.”

Laurence Drake, MD of DAF Trucks added: “As a company, we are committed to developing transport solutions for our customers that can help them deliver on their environmental and sustainability objectives.

“Following the success of our zero-emission electric trucks launched last year, the new CF Electric being operated by The Park and EV Cargo is one of the first zero-emission HGVs to enter the market. Working alongside like-minded partners is driving the transport industry forward.”