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August 30th, 2022
Selco introduces new Electric dropside vans

In another notable step on our journey to zero emissions, we are delighted to have added an electric commercial dropside van to our fleet for the first time.

The vehicle, supplied by Guest Truck & Van, is operating from our Birmingham Delivery Hub for a trial period.

It has a payload in excess of 1,300kgs and a range of up to 145 miles.

Richard Evans, Head of Transport Operations at Selco, said: “This is an extremely important development in our ongoing transition towards operating a fully sustainable commercial fleet.

“Dropside vans make up a large percentage of our fleet so this trial will be crucial to seeking vital information on the suitability of commercial electric vehicles and help determine our route to zero emissions.

“We have been clear about our commitments around sustainability and we are now making swift and sizeable progress in terms of reducing our carbon footprint within the transport fleet.”

A dozen electrically powered counterbalance forklift trucks now feature across our 73-strong branch network while there are seven Compressed Natural Gas vehicles currently in operation, with three to add later this year.

Alternative, cleaner fuels have become an increasing part of our fleet with all vehicles at our two Delivery Hubs in Birmingham and Edmonton now operating on either Compressed Natural Gas or Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil fuel.

In addition, we have also directly supported the planting of more than 260,000 trees across two sites in Scotland and Wales as part of our carbon-offsetting programme, with plans for a third ‘Selco Forest’ to be planted in early 2023.

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