In what is claimed to be an industry first, Speedy has just added an electric powered access delivery vehicle to its fleet.

The new Electra 27t all-electric beavertail truck has the potential to save the company 59,541kg of CO2e annually when compared to diesel. This will also positively impact supply chain emissions for customers, says Speedy.

The vehicle is leased from ProHire, and is specially designed to transport powered access equipment, including scissor and boom lifts, and mast booms. It will be based at Speedy’s new 'Innovation Centre' in Milton Keynes and will support the first building phase of the HS2 line between London and Birmingham.

The trial is all part of Speedy’s strategy to develop a fully low-carbon fleet by 2030, which recently saw the business move to fuelling vehicles with HVO at 21 of its biggest locations nationwide.

“Transporting powered access equipment requires large delivery vehicles, which translates into significant fuel use. Cutting this is a key priority for us, and the introduction of a fully electric vehicle will pave the way for our business to significantly cut its carbon footprint across the UK, while supporting our clients do the same," said Andy Briggs, managing director at Speedy Powered Access.

The electric delivery vehicle follows other investments by Speedy in helping customers to reduce carbon emissions, which include becoming the first national hirer to switch to fuelling powered access machinery with HVO as standard, and a large investment in hybrid and electric powered machines.