TNT Express and TNT Logistics are testing an electric 7.5 tonne truck which they believe is the first zero emission vehicle that can compete with a diesel on urban delivery routes.
The truck, built by Smith Electric Vehicles of Sunderland, has a payload of about two tonnes, a top speed of 50 mph and range of about 130 miles.
The truck, called the “Newton” is powered by four large “Zebra” 278v Sodium Nickel Chloride batteries on the underside. Fully charged, the vehicle has a range of 130 miles. It can be re-charged on board or through domestic mains or a standard three-phase socket.
If the trial proves successful, TNT will consider adding 200 other zero emission vehicles to its fleet to serve in other urban locations in the UK. Peter Bakker, TNT chief executive, said TNT wanted “to be the cleanest, greenest express, mail and logistics company on the planet”.
Source : TNT trials electric truck, logistics manager.com, Dec., 5 2006