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Storage firm takes on its first electric trucks

Lenham Storage introduces two Volvo FM Electric trucks into London operations, advancing its sustainability and carbon reduction efforts.

EVs

Lenham Storage has put its first zero-tailpipe emission trucks into operation, having taken delivery of two new Volvo FM Electric 4×2 tractor units. The addition of the electric trucks marks the next step on the road for the family-owned business’ sustainability drive. Supplied by MC Truck & Bus, the new additions join the fleet following a successful trial with a demonstrator vehicle, which highlighted how electric-powered trucks could fit seamlessly into Lenham Storage’s operations in and around London.

Andrew Fulcher, transport operations director at Lenham Storage, said:

We have always tried to be at the forefront of the latest trends and technologies when it comes to greener alternative fuels. Many of our customers operate in the food and retail sectors, with ambitious targets in terms of cutting carbon emissions across their supply-chain, which ties in well with our own strategy and ethos. We are already running two Volvo FH gas-powered tractor units and are very happy to have taken the next step with these electric FMs.

The new trucks – sporting Lenham Storage’s blue and red livery – have hit the ground running, carrying out multi-drop deliveries mainly inside the M25 as part of the business’ core ambient grocery and FMCG (fast-moving consumer goods) work.

Powered by three electric motors which generate 666hp and 2,400Nm of continuous torque, each FM Electric is equipped with the maximum six batteries, unlocking a driving range of around 300 km. An onboard electromobility traction control system helps manage output on slippery surfaces, while different drive modes are available to set the desired performance, comfort and energy usage levels.

Volvo’s standard I-Shift gearbox delivers a smooth and ultra-quiet driving experience by constantly evaluating information about speed, weight, road grade and torque demand.

The FMs – which meet Transport for London’s three-star Direct Vision Standard (DVS) rating – work throughout the day before returning to Lenham Storage’s Maidstone depot to charge overnight on a 43kW AC charger

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