UK construction equipment and services provider Speedy is adding 150 new electric vans to its fleet. The firm has ordered 100 Ford E-Transit models (4.25 t class) and 50 E-Transit vans (3.5 t class) to replace ICE models. The 150 units will make up over ten per cent of Speedy’s 1,100-strong commercial fleet.
The Ford E-Transit van in 3.5-tonne version has 135 kW motor power, the 4.25-ton call is available with 198 kW. Ford only offers the E-Transit with one battery variant of 68 kWh net. We summarised the detailed specifications for the E-Transit when these were released at the end of 2020.
Speedy expects the vehicles to take up service from October, with the company also rolling out EV charging points across its 200 service centres for employee and customer use. The investment is the company’s latest step towards achieving its target of more than half of its commercial fleet to be electric or hybrid by 2025 and a fully low-carbon fleet by 2030.
Speedy already runs Maxus eDeliver and introduced a fully electric access delivery truck into its fleet last December. Since last summer, the firm has also fuelled its HGVs and tankers with hydrotreated vegetable oil to reduce emissions.
Chris Dempsey, Managing Director of Operational Support at Speedy, said: “Transforming our fleet with low- and zero-carbon models is crucial to leading the hire industry’s journey towards decarbonisation and aligns with our strategy of decarbonising our property network and expanding our low-emission Eco tools and equipment range.”
Adam Harkin, Ford of Britain & Ireland, pointed to a longstanding partnership between Speeds and Ford and expressed “delight to continue that partnership as the company accelerates its move to a zero-carbon future and transitions to electric alternatives for its fleet.”
The Ford E-Transit trial vehicle will operate at Speedy in July, with the 150-strong fleet coming on stream from October.
Speedy is among the UK’s leading providers of tools, equipment and plant hire services to customers in the construction, infrastructure and industrial markets and local trade and consumers.
“Our strategy supports our customer’s sustainability objectives as they strive to deliver projects with minimal environmental impact, of which site deliveries play a vital role,” Dempsey said.
Neither Ford nor Speedy disclosed the value of the transaction.
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