Menzies Distribution has extended its zero-emissions delivery fleet to Scotland with the arrival of three electric vans.
The Edinburgh-based company operates 120 EVs across its UK-wide newspaper and magazine distribution network, and Britain’s largest commercial charging infrastructure through its wholly-owned subsidiary Gnewt, delivering parcels across London.
The new vans, Nissan ENV-200s with a Voltia conversion and carrying ‘eMenzies’ livery, will operate from Oban serving routes across the west of Scotland. They have a ‘real world’ range of around 120 miles. Menzies aims to cut its carbon footprint further by using renewable energy across its entire operation.
Menzies Distribution’s Gnewt subsidiary has recently delivered its ten millionth parcel emission free, saving a total estimated 2.3 million kg of CO2 compared with standard diesel delivery vehicles.
Adam Smith, group commercial director at Menzies Distribution, said: “We are delighted to introduce our first electric vehicles into our Scottish delivery fleet. We currently have more than 120 electric vehicles delivering parcels, with a particular concentration in London, and we are looking to take the lessons we have learned from running one of the largest all-electric fleets in the UK and roll out across the country.
“Through Gnewt by Menzies Distribution, our electric vans have already delivered more than 10 million parcels emission free and we look to significantly increase that volume in 2020 as part of our green fleet strategy to introduce electric vans, powered by renewable energy to our UK depots.”
Menzies Distribution was founded in 1833 in Edinburgh but was sold by parent company Menzies PLC to private investors Endless in 2018.