Selco are moving towards a sustainable transport fleet by adding 12 electrically powered counterbalance forklift trucks.
The company’s sustainability programme also includes the use of alternative fuels such as Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil (HVO) in the fleet. There are plans to add three additional Compressed Natural Gas vehicles to the Birmingham delivery hub, with the overall goal of ensuring all vehicles at both the Birmingham and Edmonton hubs being a combination f CNG and HVO fuelled vehicles.
The electric forklift trucks are being used in Exeter, as well as Walthamstow and other locations throughout the network.
Richard Evans, Head of Transport Operations at Selco, said: “We have been clear about our commitments around sustainability and we are now making swift and sizeable progress in terms of reducing our carbon footprint within the transport fleet. The introduction of our first electric forklift truck is another milestone we are very proud of and we are now beginning the process of transferring our entire forklift truck fleet of over 300 to electric. That transition will take a period of time but every new branch we open moving forward will have electric forklift trucks. HVO will play a huge role in businesses that operate commercial fleets reducing their carbon footprint in a responsible and efficient way and we are delighted to be stepping up our commitment to alternative fuel.”