Food wholesaler and distributor Reynolds Catering Supplies has begun operating a new zero emission DAF LF Electric on its daily 100-mile multi-drop deliveries around Leeds.
The company expects the elimination of tailpipe emissions on its delivery cycle of six hours per day and six days a week will provide an annual carbon saving of up to 70 tonnes.
The vehicle, supplied through fleet hire specialist NRG Riverside, enters service with Reynolds following an extensive driver training programme.
It is fitted with a Gray & Adams refrigerated body and a Slimline 15 emissions-free temperature control unit from refrigeration specialist Hulsteins.
The 19-tonne GVW LF Electric is powered by an electric motor developing 250kW nominal power and nominal torque of 1,200Nm.
DAF’s latest cobalt- and magnesium-free LFP batteries provide a gross energy content of 282kWh to give the vehicle a single charge range of up to 280km, subject to route and weather conditions.
Nick Reynolds, Head of Sustainability, said: “We’re at the forefront of sustainability in the food sector and, with vehicles like the DAF LF Electric, we’re showing a commitment to our customers.
“We’re investing in clean vehicles right now which will futureproof the business.”
Chris Snelson, Fleet & Asset Director at NRG Riverside, said: “We have a built a great partnership with Reynolds Catering over the years, enabling us to cater to their current and future fleet needs, be proactive with our preventative maintenance, and we’re assisting Reynolds in its fleet decarbonisation strategy.”