Electric truck in operation on London streets

14th May 2024
Caitlin Gittins

According to TG Lynes, a supplier of heating, plumbing, and air movement materials, it has become one of the first businesses to operate a 7.5-tonne electric truck on the streets of London. 

Based in Enfield, TG Lynes is spearheading sustainable transportation efforts by investing in a UK-manufactured Tevva battery-electric truck for local deliveries in the capital.

The introduction of fully electric 7.5-tonne trucks into mass production is in its early stages, with only a handful currently in operation within London. Despite constituting merely 2% of vehicles on the roads, heavy-duty trucks (HDVs) contribute to over a quarter of road transport emissions.

Andrew Ingram, Managing Director of TG Lynes, said the business was proud to be at the forefront of investment in green transport.“We are delighted to take ownership of this state-of-the-art Tevva truck, which is the next step in our journey towards achieving the ultimate goal of net zero,” said Ingram. “While battery electric vehicles are becoming commonplace in the passenger car market, electric commercial vehicle sales are lagging behind. As HDVs make up significant amount of all emissions, it’s vital more businesses consider making the switch.

“It’s fantastic that TG Lynes is the first in our sector to have an operational electric truck, and I’m particularly pleased to be backing British manufacturing by purchasing from Tevva.

“We will, however, not rest on our laurels and will do all that we can to limit the impact that we as a business have on the planet.”

Tevva's 7.5-tonne battery-electric truck boasts a range of up to 140 miles (227 kilometres) on a single charge of its 105 kWh battery. Notably, the Tevva truck is among the three electric vehicles weighing between 4250kg and 12,000kg eligible for the government's plug-in truck grant (PITrG).

Tevva Business Operations Director Kay Jarvis said: “Road transport in general, and HDVs in particular, are one of the largest sources of air pollution, which causes 350,000 premature deaths per year in Europe. Adding electric trucks to fleets will make a considerable difference and will help Britain towards its net zero targets.

“We know first-hand that demand for electric trucks is growing at speed, as we have been inundated with requests for our 7.5t battery-electric truck since going into full production.”

The adoption of the battery-electric truck marks the latest stride towards net zero for TG Lynes. Last year, the business introduced low carbon Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil (HVO) vehicles to its 18-tonne fleet, enhancing carbon efficiency by 90% during daily deliveries across London, the South East, East Anglia, and the Midlands. Additionally, a 10,000-litre HVO tank and a new electric dropside van were installed at its base.

Additionally, TG Lynes installed a 110kW solar system on the roof of its headquarters, generating over 50% of the energy required for operations. Andrew stressed the company's holistic approach to sustainability, encompassing fuel combustion, sustainable electricity procurement, recycling practices, and ethical supplier selection.

Ingram added: “From fuel combustion to being sustainable when purchasing electricity and recycling to choosing ethical suppliers, we are taking decisive action to ensure we are doing everything we can to lower our impact on the environment.

“Sustainability is not just a buzz word for TG Lynes - it has authenticity.”

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