Gnewt makes its ten millionth ‘zero-carbon’ parcel delivery

Gnewt by Menzies Distribution, the UK’s first and largest 100% electric delivery fleet, has delivered its ten millionth parcel emission free, saving a total estimated 2.3 million kg of CO2 compared to standard diesel delivery vehicles, demonstrating the positive impact that green delivery can have.

The firm, which pioneered parcel deliveries using electric
vehicles (EVs) is also celebrating 10 years in business in which it has:

Grown the Gnewt and Menzies Distribution fleet to more
than 120 EVs

Proven to cut CO2 emissions by an average of 67% per
parcel[1]

Secured delivery contracts with national and international carriers as well as leading e-tailers such as ASOS

Won multiple-awards nationally and internationally in
sustainable and logistics sectors

Gnewt has pioneered all-electric parcel deliveries, building
its business in London where its fleet has allowed customers to offer green
deliveries with zero tailpipe CO2 and NoX emissions.

The expertise that Gnewt has developed during its first
decade in business has been sought out across the logistics industry with the
company collaborating with the Mayor of London, leading retailers and motor
manufacturers to test new forms of zero emission deliveries and logistics.

In its early days, Gnewt worked tirelessly to source the
types of electric vans that it needed to fulfil parcel deliveries in London and
in doing so, expanded its expertise into the design of bespoke vans, based on
EV vehicles supplied by major manufacturers.

Today Gnewt has one of the UK’s largest fully-electric
fleets, and the largest 100% electric fleet in the parcels and logistics
sector. It has recently grown its postcode delivery capability by 50% and as
part of Menzies Distribution, will now be rolling-out EV technology and deliveries
across the Menzies Distribution fleet of more than 2000 trucks and vans in 2020.
This EV strategy will see the acquisition of new electric vehicles and
introduction of the UK’s largest EV rapid charging infrastructure across
Menzies’ UK network of 65 depots.

Alongside this, Gnewt has installed the largest privately
owned smart charging infrastructure in the UK at its Bow depot. Through this
technology it carefully manages the electric fleet requirement everyday as well
as discharging energy from vehicles back to the grid or depot at peak times.
This innovative approach ensures that the business is sympathetic to the wider
ecosystem and furthermore is making steps to positively contribute to future
grid demands that vehicle electrification creates.

Sam Clarke of Gnewt by Menzies Distribution stated: “Delivering
ten million parcels over 3.5 million emission free miles is a significant
milestone for Gnewt and for the environment. When we started the business ten
years ago, EVs were regarded as a novelty and many people didn’t see them as a
viable part of a mass logistics delivery network.

“Today that has changed beyond all recognition and the work
that the team at Gnewt has undertaken has helped shape government and local
authority policy and enabled leading retailers to embrace the electric vehicle
revolution.

“We are also pleased to see major retail brands getting on
board with the future of electric delivery as we gain more and more clients. We
are also continuing to work with local authorities and government as we plan to
extend into other cities across the UK.

“We are extremely proud of what we have achieved, and we
look forward to the next ten years when we intend to continue to disrupt the
industry, demonstrate measurable change and expand our London and national
operations to bring this pioneering, best in class sustainable solution to more
and more offices and homes around the UK.

Adam Smith, Commercial Director at Menzies Distribution
commented: “Gnewt is a true innovator, a brand that has led the way in the
development of fully electric parcel delivery services.

“We at Menzies Distribution are working to future-proof our
UK network of 65 depots and 2000 vehicles.

“Gnewt operates in London, one of the most congested and
busy delivery environments in Europe and has proved that even in this city, EVs
can work as effectively and with considerable less environmental impact, than
conventional diesel vehicles. It’s a great achievement and we are delighted to
celebrate this milestone.”


[1] Verified independently by
the University of Westminster

Source: Courier News

Gnewt makes its ten millionth ‘zero-carbon’ parcel delivery

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