Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Smiths Spark Electric Truck Test For North East Logistics Firms

Your Chance to try an Electric Commercial Vehicle
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UK – Regular readers will know of our continued support for the use of greener technologies in air and ocean freight and particularly with the use of electric trucks which are developing constantly and now offer a genuine alternative for many companies and organisations prepared to step up and put them to the test. Now interested parties in the North East will have a chance to evaluate making the switch, courtesy of Smiths Electric Vehicles, manufacturers of the Edison Transit based van and Newton trucks which range up to 12 tonnes.

This month training, consultancy and outsourcing company NAC Group is co-hosting a workshop on battery-powered vans and trucks at the Smith’s plant. The event is part of the Growth Project Logistics 2 programme, which helps North-East companies adopt new technologies and ideas to become greener and more efficient. The Growth Project Logistics 2, which is delivered by NAC, is funded through One North East Single Programme and the European Regional Development Fund (2007-2013) ERDF helping all kinds of companies to reduce costs and increase turnover.

Smith Electric will deliver a presentation on how to integrate EVs into a fleet, including the cost justification and technical requirements. Visitors will have the opportunity to test drive a demonstration vehicle, tour the production lines and meet one to one with suppliers of fleet tracking systems. Smith Electric is the world’s largest manufacturer of electric vans, minibuses and trucks. The company’s vehicles are in service across the world for clients including Royal Mail, Sainsbury’s Online, PepsiCo and Staples.

Paul Robson, Managing Director of the NAC Group, said:

“There is no doubt that electric vehicles are going to play a major role in the future of logistics and transport. This event is a great opportunity for any company engaged in logistics to learn about the bottom line benefits that this green technology in vans and trucks can provide. The company’s Vigo Centre headquarters is a lead partner in Logistics 2 as a demonstrator site and is trialling several innovative warehouse technologies which have already made significant business savings”

The open day takes place on Thursday November 25th, 9am-1pm, at Smith Electric Vehicles, Vigo Centre, Birtley Road, Washington. Places are limited to two per company and must be booked in advance. To reserve a place link HERE.

Photo: The Smith Electric Production Line.