A Closer Look at Our Streets

by OMS Admin

Street cleaning can often be overlooked and taken for granted. Overall, it involves various strands of activities connecting to the cleanliness of our streets. These can include street sweeping whether this is manual, or machine based, car park cleansing, fly-tip removal, the removal of graffiti, litter picking, weed spraying, dog bin emptying, chewing gum removal and flyposting.

When all these activities are performed to a high standard, they often go unnoticed, however when not completed or stopped the evidence is visible. Therefore, often reducing the attractiveness of villages, towns, and cities. It has been reported that the local environment has an impact both positive and negative on people’s quality of life and satisfaction within their neighbourhoods. Additionally, research has found a correlation between the quality of surrounding environments and forms of disorder and crime within that community.

This has become an ongoing issue and since 2000 various local authorities have tried to address such matters with outreach programs in schools and fines for littering to create a sense of ownership for their community. Also, back in 2018 the government updated their Litter strategy for England policy which aims to reduce the amount of rubbish polluting our rivers and seas causing backups and flooding. This policy was based upon 3 stages, sending a clear message via anti-litter campaigns, cleaning up the country by increasing the number of bins for example and finally improving enforcement.

‘Britain’s Filthy Streets’ with reporter Fiona Foster on ITV conducted a survey by speaking to 55 litter picking groups across the UK. They found that these groups filled over 1200 bags of rubbish and collected 1000 dog poo bags, in just one month.

Furthermore, as the number of cars on our roads increase, the pressure on our roads also increases often resulting in potholes, cracks, and general wear a tear. All of which form crevices for dirt to build up.

Benefits of Street Sweepers

Enhances the Appearance

Perhaps an obvious benefit to street sweeping however, one that is very important for the people living within these communities. Towns and cities that have poor cleaning will gather rubbish, stains and potentially start to smell resulting in potentially less tourism and a negative connotation to the area which could even impact the area financially.

Helps the environment

The RSPCA have reported that they receive around 5000 calls a year which are related to litter and its’ impact upon our wildlife. Items such as plastic bags, glass, food containers and cans as well as things such as elastic bands and balloons all having damaging consequences on our animals. Furthermore, waste can develop dangerous bacteria and hazardous toxins which can also impact the environment and animal habitats. Lastly, rubbish left near roads could entice animals looking for their next meal and potentially lead them to being run over or injured by passing traffic. Therefore, having clean streets and using electric road sweepers can massively benefit the environment.    

Prevent vehicle damage & Improves Safety  

When rubbish such as food containers, cigarette buds, broken glass, cans, and general debris are left on our roads these can lead to various issues for people using our roads. Risks such as drivers swerving to avoid the debris, collisions, flat tyres, windscreen damage from items hitting the vehicles, floods and collisions caused by animals attracted to the roads. Councils using machines such as the glutton street vacuum cleaner could prevent such instances

How We Can Do Our Bit

There are a variety of things we can do as humans to ensure streets stay clean and hygienic for everyone:

  • Dispose of rubbish responsibly including chewing gum
  • Recycle when possible
  • If you smoke dispose of the bud correctly
  • If you can’t find a bin take your rubbish home
  • Dispose of larger items responsibly by taking them to your nearest waste recycling centre
  • Report any concerns to your local council
  • Join your local litter picking group
  • Clean up after your dog correctly
  • Speak up if appropriate if you see someone disposing irresponsibly

Waste Management Within Business

Various businesses approach waste management differently but they all have one common opinion that it is important. Every business generates wate and depending on the industry depends on the type of waste. With climate change becoming a real threat, environmental consciousness is ever increasing, and businesses are becoming greener. Ethics is often a key component to consumer choice and practices are becoming more important to both customers and employees.

Here at ePowerTrucks we offer a range of options tailored to your business, from an electric pedestrian truck to a glutton vacuum cleaner they have the solution for you. Learn more about our complete range of facilities management and waste management electric vehicles.

The Impact Of Using An Electric Last Mile Delivery Vehicle

by OMS Admin

Last mile delivery is defined as the movement of goods from out-of-town warehouses or suppliers to the final delivery address, such as homes or businesses. With the demand for final mile delivery soaring, it is more important than ever for warehouses, suppliers, and retailers to leverage cost-effective, efficient, and environmentally friendly solutions.

Last mile delivery undertaken by small petrol or diesel vans has numerous negative impacts, including high running costs, climate change, and poor air quality. Point-to-point delivery companies who wish to avoid these negative impacts are increasingly turning to electric last mile delivery vehicles as a solution.

Here we look at the business and environmental impact of switching to an electric last mile delivery solution.

Increased Demand For Home Delivery

There is rapid growth in online shopping as consumers seek greater convenience and services such as same-day delivery. The increase in eCommerce is expected to put 36% more last mile delivery vehicles on our roads by 2030.

Electric vehicles can meet this demand and are smooth, quiet, and less stressful to drive, ensuring a happy and healthy workforce that is less likely to be on sick leave.

A Faster Delivery

There is plenty of choice of three and four-wheeled light final mile delivery vehicles. These are convenient to charge with a three-pin plug and fall into two groups:

  • Powered Light Vehicles (PLV) – micro-vehicles that make speedy deliveries carrying loads between 200-500kgs
  • Light Commercial Vehicles – electric vans with greater capacities ranging from 200-1,000kgs

Reduced Fuel Consumption

Fuel consumption is a considerable operational expense. The cost of electricity is significantly less than petrol or diesel, so this is a big win for businesses. 

Here we show the fuel costs for travelling just 3 miles (which is one KWh in the case of electric vehicles):

  • £0.145 for a typical light electric last mile delivery vehicle
  • £0.29 for a diesel Ford Transit Connect Light Commercial vehicle
  • £0.38 for a petrol Fiat Doblo Light Commercial vehicle 

Emissions & Environmental Impact

Diesel and petrol-powered transportation is the single largest sector emitting 27% of the UK’s greenhouse gases.

EVs create no conventional emissions that would pollute the environment and cause health problems for humans, animals, and pets. While electricity sourced from the National Grid may be generated by fossil fuels, emissions are not released on the streets where people live and work. The health impacts of tailpipe emissions from cars and vans are estimated to cost the UK £5.9 billion a year.

The National Grid is continuously reducing its reliance on fossil fuels, with green technologies such as wind, solar, and tidal electricity generation replacing these. Carbon emissions for electric last mile delivery vehicles are 55% lower compared to a typical diesel van. However, businesses can go further by choosing a renewable tariff from their electricity supplier to stipulate the source of their electricity generation.

EVs are also compliant with government schemes designed to deter businesses from owning petrol and diesel vehicles. These government initiatives include Low Emission Zones (LEZ) and Ultra Low Emissions Zones (ULEZ) that are increasingly in force in the UK, in cities such as London, Birmingham, and Bristol. Zero emissions last mile delivery vehicles do not need to pay the surcharge for entering these Clean Air Zones (CAZ), saving companies a huge daily charge.

Total Running Costs

Maintenance accounts for a significant portion of the cost of running a final mile delivery fleet. Electric vehicles compare well with simple gear transmissions that take less wear and tear. Mechanically simple engines with few moving parts present fewer opportunities for something to go wrong, reducing maintenance costs and increasing run-time.

The average EV has 20 moving parts compared to 2,000 moving parts in an internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicle. The result is electric delivery vehicles are 70% cheaper to maintain. They require no fluid, and oil refills and battery packs offer a usable life of more than 300,000km. Electric delivery vans fitted with regenerative brakes provide extra range and further reduce energy consumption.

Here we help you get a feeling for the annual running costs of electric compared to diesel last mile delivery vehicles with an average mileage of 7,500 miles.

Small electric last mile delivery vehicle

  • Congestion charge:   £0
  • Servicing:      £173
  • Fuel cost:      £494
  • Insurance:      £800
  • Vehicle excise duty:    £0
  • Total:         £1,467

Small diesel van

  • Congestion charge:   £2,625
  • Servicing:      £239
  • Fuel cost:      £855
  • Insurance:      £800
  • Vehicle excise duty:    £150
  • Total:          £4,669

The per-vehicle annual saving on running costs bears an even more significant impact as larger portions of the fleet convert to electric final mile delivery vehicles.

Who’s Gone Electric?

Many suppliers and logistics companies have already gone electric, including:

  • 100,000 – Amazon (ordered with full fleet implementation by 2024)
  • 10,000 – UPS (ordered with full fleet implementation by 2024)
  • 1,000 – FedEx 
  • 500 – DPD
  • 500 – Milk & More
  • 500 – Yamato Transport (5,000 by 2030)
  • 190 – Royal Main
  • 140 – Flipkart
  • 100 – DHL Germany

These statistics make it clear that commercial electric vehicles have moved into the mainstream. With the biggest brands in the UK and the world transforming their fleets, electrically-powered is put into the hands of any local or national retailer, supplier, or distribution company.
View our range of electric last mile delivery vehicles to enjoy the business and environmental benefits.

How Supply Chain Optimisation Can Increase Your EBITDA

by OMS Admin

Increasing EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortisation) through supply chain optimisation is critical for any competitive business. The supply chain is in an active state whenever goods, equipment, products, or materials move within or between companies. 

While the processes in the supply chain are often considered functional and not a source of revenue, supply chain optimisation will increase the profitability of your company or organisation. Here we look at how you can unleash supply chain optimisation to improve cash flow, work more effectively and enhance your EBITDA.

Optimising Your Supply Chain

The supply chain can be complex with many processes, infrastructure, partners, and equipment, such as forklifts, platform trucks, pedestrian tugs, utility trucks, and last-mile delivery electric vehicles. Having all of these parts of the puzzle working in synchrony takes planning, forecasting, collaboration, and asset utilisation:

  • Planning and forecasting – You will need to collect and utilise data to improve your planning and forecasting. By leveraging technologies such as machine learning and logic, it is possible to minimise working capital and reduce inventory.
  • Collaboration – Supply chain optimisation requires collaboration with partners, suppliers, and customers. By exchanging information, you can understand needs better, provide excellent customer service, and increase your market penetration.
  • Asset utilisation – Fully utilising your assets needs to be carefully balanced with meeting customer demand. Your transportation costs, inventory levels, and capital investment require careful consideration. Transport efficiency focuses on just-in-time production at one end and hitting customer delivery windows at the other.

Improving Your EBITDA

To improve your EBITDA with supply chain optimisation, you might consider introducing proactive supply chain strategies such as:

  • Conducting a supplier audit and choosing local and regional suppliers to reduce costs, meet sustainability goals, and work with those that understand your local market.
  • Investing appropriately in low-maintenance, fuel-efficient, and non-polluting electric vehicles to reduce operational costs.
  • Reviewing supply chain costs quarterly to avoid financial blind spots as market pricing changes.
  • Focusing on simplifying a few processes that drive supply chain spending.
  • Defining responsibilities, compliance, and process steps.
  • Increasing order picking efficiency by restructuring floor-level processes.
  • Optimise routing and minimise travel distances.
  • Making your suppliers aware of your needs and expectations.
  • Eliminate waste by identifying customer value and removing processes that don’t facilitate this.
  • Diversifying your suppliers to reduce market risks.
  • Adjusting your inventory rules based on seasonal factors.
  • Investigate methodologies such as lean principles, PDCA, and DMAIC.

To optimise your supply chain operations, view our range of electric last mile delivery vehicles. 

The 5 Lean Principles To Improve Your Logistics Operation

by OMS Admin

Lean logistics is a practice, methodology, strategy, philosophy, and concept. It looks to increase efficiency by identifying customer value and eliminating waste and inefficiencies. The five lean principles were born almost fifty years ago, in Toyota Corporation, for perfecting car manufacturing in Japan. It has since been adapted and tweaked for use in many other industries, including healthcare, engineering, and logistics.

The lean principles can be effectively leveraged in businesses and organisations of all sizes, including warehouses, transportation companies, and last mile delivery. It is incredibly valuable for a company that wants to compete against and beat its competition, and it ultimately leads to improved profit and customer satisfaction.

In logistics, you do not want to move parts and products further than needed. Transportation takes time and creates delays, whether that movement occurs on a pedestrian-picker, forklift truck, or last mile delivery level. With lean logistics, you will offer the best quality service in the shortest amount of time and with the least number of resources.

So, what are the five principles of lean logistics?

1. Identify Customer Value

The first step in lean logistics is to determine what is the value in terms of your customer’s needs. There will likely be several values that you can specify, such as the length of the delivery timeline and service price.

You can only begin to meet your customer’s expectations once you have created a value definition. Many lean logistics experts and transportation strategists suggest you consider if you have the right materials, quantity, time, price, service, place, quality, and source.

2. Map Out The Logistics Value Stream

Your next task is mapping out the value stream. The value stream is every step and process, from accepting materials, goods, or equipment through their entire journey towards final delivery to the customer.

Once you have your value stream mapped on paper, you can begin to identify waste and look for ways to eliminate it. Suppose the process or action does not contribute to a customer value or is not essential to the operation, such as quality assurance. In that case, you should be motivated to remove it. It would help if you aimed to remove all transportation waste and ‘empty’ transportation.

3. Create A Transportation Product Flow

Now that you have a value stream map that is free of wasteful activities, you want to create the most efficient product flow through your logistics operation. The aim here is to eliminate delays, bottlenecks, and interruptions.

The sequencing should result in steps that occur in a tight sequence with a smooth flow. The product flow needs to be viewed on a cross-functional department level, which can be a challenge, but research indicates that efficiency and productivity can be improved by as much as 50% or more.

You may need to work with your strategic partners and build trustful relationships with them and across teams and departments. Lean logistics only occurs when all of these are dependable, committed, and stable. The best results are found when you refrain from assessing individuals and instead focus on productivity, routines, waiting/standing times, miles run, and capacity utilisation.

4. Introduce A Just-In-Time System

With an improved flow and the basis of lean logistics in place, you should now have reduced the transition and travel time of products moving through your operation. However, the lean logistics process is not complete, and there are more gains on offer. It is at this stage that you can move towards a just-in-time system.

A just-in-time system might mean reducing the number of products that are stockpiled in a warehouse, which can essentially be dead inventory and tied-up cash. Cracking this part of the lean logistics formula will directly lower your operating costs.

5. Pursue Logistics Perfection

Lean logistics is not a static methodology that ends and is forgotten once steps one to four have been completed. Few things remain the same, and you are unlikely to have tackled, solved, and perfected every process and action across your logistics business.

Lean logistics should become part of your corporate culture, eventually touching all employees from top management to last mile delivery drivers. Embarking on this journey will evolve the thinking of your workforce and require collaboration across people and departments. As collaboration, problem-solving, and lean skills develop, your customers will begin to notice the improvement in your service. As a result profits and customer satisfaction will increase.

Experts in lean principles admit that they are unlikely to find true leanness until the process (steps one to four) have been run through five or six times. Each journey through the lean logistics process will help you create more value for customers with fewer resources.

Problem-Solving Techniques For Logistics Companies

Methodologies that help with problem-solving include DMAIC; define, measure, analyse, improve, and control, and PDCA; plan, do, check, act.

The five whys is another technique that logistics companies will find helpful. Once again, it comes from Toyota, and the basic principle is to ask five ‘why’ questions to get to the root cause of a problem. The answer to the first question becomes part of the next question. 

To find success with the five whys technique, you need to separate and recognise the differences between symptoms and causes. Again, you should look to assess the process and not the person and establish the cause-and-effect relationship. You must not jump to conclusions and should spend time looking to make the answers more precise.

Another valuable and productive technique is the Five S’s of Lean. These S’s are Sort, Straighten, Shine, Standardise, and Sustain. The process looks something like this:

  1. Sort: Distinguish unneeded tools and actions from needed tools and eliminate the unneeded ones
  2. Straighten: Are things in the right place and order to allow processes to flow freely?
  3. Shine: Keep the environment neat and tidy
  4. Standardise: Make the first three steps systemic in your organisation
  5. Sustain: Maintain the procedures you establish and substitute problems with solutions

The five lean principles may have been developed five decades ago, yet they remain highly effective.

The Ultimate Guide To Lean Logistics

by OMS Admin

There are two key points of survival in this economic climate: saving money and increasing profit. Our guide explains what Lean Logistics is, how Lean Logistics helps, and how to implement it in a distribution or last mile delivery setting to save money and increase profits.

We look at the principles behind Lean Logistics and how they will benefit your logistics infrastructure. We also explore how you can introduce lean initiatives to meet fast-changing consumer demand with a high-quality, low-cost model that delivers faster throughput with lower working capital.

Before there was Lean Logistics, there was Lean Thinking. Lean Thinking was the brainchild of the Japanese automotive industry and was developed in the 1980s. The industry set about eliminating waste from all car manufacturing processes while maximising customer value. It was essentially a mindset of providing value for money for customers while using fewer resources.

The basic structure and process of Lean Thinking were investigated and published in a Lean Thinking research paper created by James P. Womack and Daniel T. Jones and published in the Journal of the Operational Research Society in 1996. Today, you can read the entire Lean Thinking: Banish Waste and Create Wealth in Your Corporation for free on ResearchGate.

Womack and Jones set out the process of Lean Thinking and suggest that Lean can be achieved by following five steps:

  1. Identify customer value – and add this along the entire supply chain.
  2. Map out the value stream – including all supply chain processes, to eliminate any process that does not add value to the overall product. This step will help businesses identify where delays are and where there are gaps in processes, restraints, or excessive stock and inventory. Womack and Jones suggest that companies should turn the process on its head and view the process as a product and from the customer’s perspective.
  3. Create a product flow – leveraging what has been identified to create a lean sequence that delivers the product and minimises inventories, interruptions, and downtime.
  4. Introduce a just-in-time system – that delivers the product or service just when they are needed, based on customer demand, to minimise on-hand stock and inventory. Just-in-time principles are also known as customer pull systems.
  5. Pursue perfection – by continually running steps one to four until perfection is achieved. Once you have fixed something, you should fix it again.

The Lean Thinking concept was incredibly successful, and many other industries took note of this. In factories and manufacturing, Lean Thinking became Lean Manufacturing. Supply Chain Management transformed the concept for logistics and last mile delivery companies, who began to introduce the methodologies under the moniker of Lean Logistics.

Key Principles of Lean Logistics

Having digested the five principles of Lean Thinking, it is clear how similar the product or service is to that delivered in logistic and last-mile delivery. The alignment is parallel because logistics infrastructure is very much like a car production line, with one step leading to another.

In logistics and last mile delivery, you should aim to:

  • Remove wasteful activity throughout the supply chain
  • Achieve better material and inventory management by eliminating excess inventory and stock
  • Minimise the transportation of air (transportation vehicles not full to capacity)
  • Improve the flow of products so that you can deliver goods and services faster and more efficiently

How do I Implement Lean Processes? 

To implement Lean Processes, you must apply the methodology to the whole company and not simply look at the performance of a particular department. You will need to master cross-functional operations, improve teamwork, and optimise product management.

Analyse Your Current Processes & Define The Goal

The first step in the Lean Logistics methodology is to analyse your current processes in the entire life cycle. The goal for logistics and last mile delivery is to eliminate any unnecessary steps in the life cycle that do not add value. You will want to bring different people from your teams together to identify the key roles and actions in each process. You can then begin working towards what the ideal approach would look like.

Identify Waste

As you begin to identify waste, you will need to categorise it. The Japanese automotive industry focused on what they call Muda, which translates into uselessness. If we look at waste in terms of something that does not help achieve the goal, then there will be processes that do not add value but are nevertheless necessary. These processes cannot be eliminated and might include testing and quality assurance tasks.

The remaining waste is true Muda, and this uselessness needs to be eliminated. Taiichi Ohno, Chief Engineer at Toyota Production Systems, identified seven wastes which are referred to by the acronym TIMWOOD:

  1. Transportation – Excessive product movement
  2. Inventory – Too much stock or inventory
  3. Motion – Too much movement of people, equipment, or machines
  4. Waiting – Waiting for inventory, the customer, or for tasks to be completed by another station
  5. Overproduction – Producing products more than those being used
  6. Overprocessing – Actions taken by workers that are not required by the customer
  7. Defects – Defective shipping that results in returns or failure to deliver

These seven wastes include Mura and Muri. Mura means unevenness and occurs if tasks in the life cycle are not evenly distributed. Mura will inevitably put a roadblock in operations, leading to one team waiting on another. Muri means overburden or, in essence, having a workload that is unreasonable or above 100% of capacity.

You can discover the Muda, Mura, and Muri in your logistics or last mile delivery operation in a variety of ways. Gemba walks are one effective tactic and are the action of going to see the actual process so that you can understand how it works, ask questions, and learn about the problems. If you conduct Gemba walks, it is crucial to run these from the perspective of collaboration and finding waste in processes and not people.

It might be that you will time tasks and processes and adjust staff levels up or down to eliminate unevenness. You might be able to tackle unreasonable workloads in an operation by introducing warehouse vehicles that reduce manual handling or removing relentless expenses and time associated with the maintenance of diesel vehicles by introducing more reliable and fuel-efficient electric last mile delivery vehicles.

You can explore the topic in greater depth by reading Kanbanize’s Gemba Walks: Where the Real Work Happens

Strategise For Savings

Many of the concepts of Lean Logistics and Lean Thinking are like those explored in the Lean Six Sigma Methodology. You can strategise to make savings by gaining a Six Sigma Certification in Logistics.

Six Sigma Methods were developed by Bill Smith at Motorola in the 1980s. The methodology looks at every process that takes products and services from the point of origin to the point of consumption. Following the Six Sigma Methodology, you will aim to reduce the number of defects. Defects are simply costs and the more costs you have in your supply chain, the smaller your company’s profit. By eliminating defects, you will eliminate waste, decrease lead times, improve supply chain flow, decrease inventory costs, and decrease shipping variations. 

Implementation

Returning to Lean Thinking, Womack suggests the following action plan:

Months 1-6

  • Find a change agent
  • Gain knowledge and start with the big picture before addressing smaller steps
  • Focus on small wins and obvious problems that don’t require money
  • Map and analyse each step of the current state and assess if it adds value or is excessive, and envision the future state
  • Begin as soon as possible
  • Demand results that everyone will see to create momentum
  • Move from a flow state to a pull state

Months 6-24

  • Reorganise your company buy product and value streams
  • Create a Lean Team
  • Deal with excess people early
  • Create a growth strategy
  • Remove draggers

Months 24-48

  • Create new ways of keeping score
  • Create new ways to reward people
  • Ensure transparency
  • Teach Lean
  • Ensure tools in your value stream are appropriately sized
  • Pay a bonus and align this with the company’s profitability

Months 48-60

  • Complete the transformation by converting from top-down leaderships to bottom-up initiatives by perfecting processes instead of searching for brilliant managers

You should inform your decision-making and refine strategies using the Plan, Do, Check, Act (PDCA) methodology. PDCA is essentially a test that checks if taking an action (removing waste) has the desired outcome.

If you follow the principles of Lean Logistics, you will improve your EBITDA, improve your product and customer service, and reduce your environmental impact.

 

 

The Benefits Of Using Electric Street Sweepers

by OMS Admin

Towns and cities across the UK have a huge task keeping on top of dropped rubbish, as well as pebbles, sand, and salt used during harsh winter weather. The problems presented to local authorities are also often something private businesses, retail parks, and industry have to contend with. The electric street sweeper is a compact and robust solution that delivers numerous benefits.

Significantly More Environmentally Friendly

An electric street sweeper is a significantly more environmentally friendly solution compared to diesel street sweepers. There is no fossil fuel combustion taking place in the vehicle’s engine, which results in no CO2 or nitrogen oxide emissions at the tailpipe.

This makes it the ideal vehicle for use in pedestrian zones and marketplaces around town and city centres and along busy roads, adding no polluting emissions.

Electric Street Sweepers Are Very Quiet

Electric vehicles create less noise and disturbance compared to the noisy running of a diesel engine. The near-silent operation can play a significant part in improving the quality of life for local residents and city centre workers.

Electric street sweepers can be used early in the morning or late in the evening, or at night. Residents are unlikely even to realise that a street vacuum cleaner or electric street sweeper is in use.

A further benefit and one that is often overlooked is less noise inside the driver’s cab. Whether the vehicle is in use for a few hours or an entire shift, a quiet cab is a comfortable work environment and one that your driver will thank you for.

A More Cost Effective Solution

Cost efficiency is critical for any fleet of vehicles, from utility vehicles to last-mile delivery vehicles and electric street sweepers. Cost efficiency typically falls into two areas; fuel costs and maintenance costs.

  • Fuel costs – The fuel costs per mile is less with an electric vehicle compared to diesel. Modern electric vehicles have high-density batteries that can store a vast amount of power and smart technologies that increase efficiency. Regenerative braking is one example, and this works as an alternator to capture braking energy and recharge the battery.
  • Maintenance costs – Maintenance costs are lower than those associated with diesel engines because there are fewer moving parts, filters, hoses, and fluids.

Reliable

Electric vehicle motors are incredibly reliable for the same reasons that the maintenance costs are negligible; fewer wearing parts, filters, hoses, and fluids. The driving experience is smooth and steady, with high levels of torque on hand. 

If you are looking for an electric street sweeper for your organisation, check out the Glutton Zen road-legal street sweeper.

For more information on the benefits of an electric street sweeper, please get in touch with our team on 0161 5096224.

 

 

Unsure What Type Of Electric Delivery Vehicle Is Right For You?

by OMS Admin

Whether you are a fleet manager or a small business looking for a single delivery solution, choosing the right vehicles is absolutely essential. Most companies and local retailers search for an affordable, reliable, and practical vehicle, and electric delivery vehicles fulfil these three criteria.

From this point on, the right electric delivery truck differs for each business. You will need to determine your ideal range, payload, towing capacity, and cargo configuration (flatbed, box van, refrigerated, insulated). A garden centre making home deliveries may find a flatbed configuration most suitable, while a pizza company will need an insulated cargo box.

Known as EVs (electric vehicles) or BEVs (battery electric vehicles), the latest road legal electric vehicles offer an impressive range and top speeds, meeting the needs of most companies. The range and speed are combined with excellent torque and acceleration, making them highly adept on busy roads. Electric delivery vehicles have no manual gearbox to contend with, so the drivers love them for making the experience as convenient and easy as possible.

As a company looking to own electric delivery trucks, there are many advantages and benefits. Road legal electric vehicles are a sustainable solution and highly efficient with lower fuel costs and cost per mile compared to petrol and diesel trucks.

The lifetime cost is also lower, with fewer moving parts keeping regular maintenance and repairs significantly less than those needed for combustion-engined delivery trucks. There are no filters or belts to change at regular intervals, and EVs are less hard on their brakes, further reducing operating costs.

Producing zero emissions at the tailpipe, an electric vehicle does not pollute the air with CO2 or NOx, making them ideal for urban environments, town centres, and busy cities. They also give your business a socially conscious image, which many consumers consider when choosing who to buy a product or service from.

Electric delivery trucks are almost silent, making them perfect for quiet villages, where peace and serenity are part of daily life. Overall, they are more pleasant for everyone, from driver to customer.

So, which type of delivery vehicle is right for you?

Last mile delivery vehicles

Last mile delivery vehicles serve the surrounding region, often taking a product from a warehouse to a customer or from a retail unit/shop to a customer. The first range of last mile electric delivery vehicles from ePowerTrucks are compact utility vehicles that take on the persona of a miniaturised flatbed truck, with options to upgrade to a box cargo bed. These models include the X-CELL, X-CELL+, and X-CELL Pro+

Angled shot of x-cell vehicle

The X-CELL offers:

Range: 50 miles
Top speed: 25mph
Payload capacity: 500kg

X-Cell Road Legal Electric Utility Vehicle being driven

The X-CELL+ offers:

Range: 75 miles
Top speed: 50mph
Payload capacity: 500kg

x cell pro +

The X-CELL Pro offers:

Range: 120 miles
Top speed: 50mph
Payload capacity: 500kg

The next type of vehicle takes on the shape of a compact box van. Our range includes the ATX 310E, ATX320E, ATX330E, ATX340E, ATX ED, ATX340ED, and EP AMP X.

Alke ATX 310 E Electric Compact Utility Vehicle in a warehouse

The ATX 310E offers:

Range: 75 kilometres
Payload capacity: 620kg
Towing capacity: 2,000kg

 
Alke ATX 320 E Electric Compact Utility Vehicle on Small Road

The ATX320E offers:

Payload capacity: 635kg
Towing Capacity: 2,000kg

Alke ATX 330 E Electric Utility Vehicle

The ATX330E offers:

Payload capacity: 1.575kg
Towing Capacity: 4,500kg

A robust orange and black road legal electric truck

The ATX340E offers:

Range: 150 kilometres
Payload capacity: 1,630kg
Towing Capacity: 4,500kg

 
Electric vehicles 4 seats Alke on Road

The ATX340ED offers:

Cab: 4 people
Payload capacity: 1,450kg
Towing Capacity: 4,000kg

Black and yellow EP AMP 2 Seat Electric Vehicle

The EP AMP XL offers:

Range: 90 kilometres
Top speed: 50mph
Payload capacity: 400kg

Electric Refrigerated Trucks

Food delivery is hugely popular, particularly so since the start of the pandemic. Your business can make home deliveries with the X-CELL, X-CELL+, and X-CELL Pro+. The fourth option of an electric refrigerated van is the X-CEPP MICRO. This is a trike that gives you the economic benefits of a motorbike, but with your choice of the refrigerated cargo box with insulation or pick-up bay.

For assistance selecting the right delivery vehicles for your business or organisation, please contact our team on 0161 5096224.

Red X-Cell Road Legal Electric Utility Vehicle

The X-CELL MICRO offers:

Top speed: 25mph
Range: 55 miles
Payload capacity: 100kg or 250kg

The Benefits Of Buying A Used Electric Vehicle

by OMS Admin

From mining operations to schools, hospitals, warehouses, and last mile delivery providers, sustainability, purchase and operating costs, and reliability are top priorities when looking for equipment and vehicles. New electric vehicles are undoubtedly reliable, a sustainable solution, and offer low operating costs, but the purchase price can put them out of the reach of many firms. However, used electric vehicles offer all of these benefits with a purchase price that is far more affordable.

Unlike electric and hybrid cars, commercial electric vehicles have been around for decades, which means there is a wide choice of used electric vehicles for sale, from nearly new down.

One of the most significant factors that attracted industry sectors to electric engines was their ability to operate indoors as well as outdoors. From the early morning, silent-running utility vehicles to non-choking electric platform trucks spawned the development of electric pedestrian vehicles, tow tugs, and the electric motor and battery technology that powers them.

With highly durable batteries developed over decades, used electric vehicles are a viable second-hand purchase for many types of business.

An Affordable Option

Brand new electric vehicles will save you money over the long term, but for some companies, the initial outlay falls outside the purchase price they would like. This makes used electric vehicles extremely popular, offering the benefits of new but without a price tag that will smash your budget.

Depending on the age, used electric vehicles can be offered at two-thirds, half, or even less than their original purchase price. Fewer components mean there is less that can go wrong, making used electric vehicles a safe and reliable bet. With fewer parts to wear, your future maintenance costs will also be less than a vehicle with a combustion engine.

However, the benefits of buying used electric vehicles go far beyond affordability, lower fuel bills, and reduced operating costs.

Great For The Environment

EVs are great for the environment and produce zero emissions. By not polluting their immediate surroundings, electric vehicles are an excellent choice for towns, cities, and indoor spaces. Air quality and purity are maintained, protecting the health of the general public, workers in warehouses, and patients in hospitals.

Choosing electric vehicles will also help the world tackle climate change. While electricity production may create emissions at power stations, these are more than 40% less than choosing diesel. As the UK adopts more green electricity-producing technologies, such as solar, wind, geothermal, and hydro, the impact of your used electric vehicles on the environment will be even less.

ePower Trucks has a used EV for sale for almost any task or industry. For help finding your next used electric vehicle, please call our team on 0161 509 6224.

How To Improve Your Last Mile Delivery Service

by OMS Admin

Last mile delivery is the final step in satisfying the customer’s order. However, this can be the riskiest part of the fulfilment process, with a chance of parcels going missing or not being delivered.

Final mile delivery is a vital part of any company and one that can differentiate you from your competitors. Get it right, and your brand image and orders will soar. Get it wrong and reputational damage will follow, causing a drop in revenue and profit.

The key to creating a fantastic last mile delivery experience is to meet the consumer’s expectations by offering choice, certainty, and convenience. So, how do you improve your last mile delivery service?

A Customer First Approach

A customer-first approach is essential for keeping operational costs under control. There are five parts of the puzzle that will enhance the efficiency and delivery success of your operations:

  1. Put the customer in charge of their delivery window – By allowing the customer to pick their delivery date and time window when they place their order, they are more likely to consider when they or another household member will be at home. Choosing the delivery window coupled with regular updates will increase the chances of first-time success and keep your last mile delivery costs down.
  2. Confirm the delivery before loading parcels onto last mile delivery vehicles – When a customer changes their delivery date or delivery address while the package is en-route, the chances of the parcel getting lost increase.
  3. Introduce a tracking system – Visibility is an essential part of last mile logistics, particularly in a warehouse facility. Introducing a scanning system to monitor all items that will make up the final parcel ensures parts of the order do not go astray, leading to incomplete deliveries.
  4. Deliver from stores – Customers expect quick delivery, and you must compete with retail giants, such as Amazon, who offer same-day delivery. You can reduce delivery time by introducing deliveries direct from the store, minimising the distance between the customer and the distribution centre. Vehicle capacity can also be a problem for some businesses, and by moving fulfillment to stores, you can better manage your resources and satisfy the needs of each geographical location.
  5. Offer real-time visibility – Customers expect to see where their parcel is on delivery day. Offering real-time visibility during the last mile delivery not only meets these expectations but helps to ensure the individual does not nip out right when your driver arrives at their doorstep.

Let Your Electric Vehicles Do The Work

Last mile logistics can be tricky and costly to manage. You can reduce your operational costs by letting electric last mile delivery vehicles do the work. EVs are less expensive to run than vehicles powered by traditional combustion engines.

Your fuel costs will drop, and maintenance needs are less demanding, with fewer engine parts. Electric final mile delivery vehicles will also help you meet your environmental goals with zero emissions.

To enquire about adding electric last mile delivery vehicles to your fleet, please call our support team on 0161 509 6224.

How To Choose The Right Electric Tow Tractor For The Job

by OMS Admin

Companies are constantly striving to meet operational challenges, balancing safety, efficiency, and quality of service. Moving materials, goods, and equipment is a core part of many businesses, which inevitably means using vehicles such as an electric tow tractor.

Choosing the right electric tow tractor will result in improving your production flow to achieve higher levels of operational efficiency. Here we take a look at what you should consider when selecting your next tractor tow.

Capacity: Can It Carry What You Need

When choosing your electric tow tractor, you should consider:

  • Capacity – Being able to pull the load is, of course, the first consideration. The electric tow tractor range includes made-to-last models with a wide choice of cab and body types. At the heaviest end, we have industrial tow tractors that can pull up to 90,000kg. However, there are also much smaller tug tow tractors that are lighter, agile, and versatile. There is plenty of choice for firms where heavy-duty towing isn’t the priority, as might be the case in a warehouse.
  • The load – If you are moving palletised goods, then you may opt for a stacker, but outside of this, tow tugs excel. You can hitch your existing trailers, trolleys, or bins with absolute ease and pull multiple trolleys at once, making for a significantly more efficient process compared to that achievable with a forklift truck.
  • Customisation – Tow tractors can be customised to carry tools for maintenance tasks, first aid equipment for incident response, or take on a standard form for functions such as for mobilising security teams on extensive work or mining sites.

From navigating through narrow aisles, through doorways, or around tight corners and bends, the tow tug is in its prime. You can tow extremely heavy loads over long distances and increase productivity with cost-efficient options such as stand-on electric tow tractors or seated models with impressive acceleration.

Will It Work In Your Environment

You should ensure your choice is suitable for your work environment, with options available to you that are ideal for hospitals, airports, warehouses, factories, and mines. Different models handle different roles, from stock picking and eliminating manual handling to pulling light aircraft or luggage at airports.

Each electric tow tug is designed with safety and visibility in mind. A few of the many attributes that pair them will with working environments include:

  • Highly-reliability
  • Zero-emissions
  • All-steel construction
  • 360-degree visibility
  • Multifunctional displays for precise speed control and battery status
  • Standard and customisable accessories

For help and assistance in choosing the right electric tow tractor for your company or organisation, please call our support team on 0161 509 6224.

What Does First, Middle, & Last Mile Delivery Mean?

by OMS Admin

Transit from manufacturer to customer almost always consists of a multiple-step journey. Each step needs to be efficient and cost-effective for any company to succeed, survive, and thrive in a competitive space.

First mile delivery, middle mile delivery, and last mile delivery are the terms used within the distribution and supply chain to describe each leg of the journey. Sometimes there may be several middle mile deliveries. At the same time, in other circumstances, there may only be a first and last mile delivery or just a final mile delivery for highly localised producers.

In any case, to create a first-class experience for the all-important end-customer, the execution of first to last mile delivery must be flawless.

First Mile Delivery

First mile delivery is typically the part where the product or produce is taken from the factory or farm to the warehouse or distribution center.

For retailers, they may consider the first mile to be from the supplier’s warehouse to the retailer’s distribution center. In eCommerce, the first mile might be the journey from the retailer to the courier who will take the item to the customer’s home, office, collection point, or smart locker.

Middle & Last Mile Delivery

In retail, the middle mile delivery is often the part from the distribution center to the individual retail store.

Final mile or last mile delivery, which refers to the same thing, is always the last step in the supply chain journey. It is the step that puts the item in the customer’s hands, which could be an individual in B2C business models or a company in B2B business models.

Where the first and middle mile deliveries may involve moving consolidated batches of palletised or crated goods, the last mile delivery is almost always individualised goods (individual SKUs (stock-keeping units)).

Because last mile delivery involves the retailer and the customer, many retailers choose to bring this operation in-house, particularly when serving a local audience. This presents opportunities for making last mile delivery efficient and sympathetic to local issues, such as air pollution and noise pollution. The solution will also need to consider the retailer’s challenges, such as reducing fuel costs and vehicle maintenance.

In light of the 2020 and 2021 Coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19), shopping in person in a physical store has either not been possible, restricted, or undesirable. This means that for many businesses, last mile delivery is playing a more significant role in delivering excellent customer service and forms a larger portion of the retailer’s operational budget.

Utilising the right final mile strategy is vital, and this begins with the selection of last mile delivery vehicles. Electric last mile delivery vehicles are increasingly seen as not just desirable but fundamentally essential, balancing sustainability and environmental consciousness with lower fuel bills and significantly less vehicle maintenance. The choice and types of EVs are now plentiful, with fewer limitations on range, vehicle speed, battery life, and recharging times.

To discuss how electric last delivery vehicles could play a part in your company’s success, please call our support team on 0161 509 6224.

How Electric Warehouse Equipment Is Helping Ease The Burden

by OMS Admin

The warehouse is a unique environment with its challenges, mostly centred around achieving maximum capacity while moving goods, parts, and equipment in, out, and around the facility safely and in the most efficient manner. Electric warehouse equipment plays a crucial role in achieving these goals, and while they look small and compact, they are, in fact, incredibly strong, efficient, and manoeuvrable.

Electric warehouse equipment is a valuable addition to any logistics, distribution, or storage operation. Whether you are looking to retrieve a product or haul equipment or consumables to different locations within your facility, electric vehicles complete the task with many additional benefits.

Sustainability and environmentally friendly operating strategies are hot topics, so choosing electric warehouse equipment over combustion engine-driven alternatives makes excellent sense. An electric warehouse vehicle will not pollute the air with petrol or diesel fumes, which is vital when choosing vehicles that operate indoors.

Also, electric warehouse equipment does not create noise pollution, which is a consideration that is often overlooked. With near-silent running, drivers and workers within the same environment can complete their jobs without the discomfort caused by wearing ear defenders or earplugs. With clean air to breathe and unrestricted hearing, your facility adds two green ticks on the health and safety checklist

Let Electric Warehouse Vehicles Do The Heavy Lifting

Electric warehouse equipment is a valuable asset when it comes to heavy lifting. Burden carriers sit at the top of the tree and carry loads weighing up to 6,800kg while towing trailers weighing up to 90,000kg. At the other end of the scale are pedestrian tow tugs and platform trucks with capacities of 500kg and more.

Across the range of burden carriers, pedestrian tugs, tow tugs, and electric platform trucks, we find different body forms, including cargo beds that are caged or in an open flatbed configuration. Whether it is boxes of parts, bags of waste, or heavy equipment, there is a solution that is easy to load and quick to move that load around the warehouse environment.

A further benefit of electric motors is they do not create vibrations when running. Without vibrations, handling is improved, and the risks of damaging fragile loads or spilling liquids are significantly reduced.

Improve Warehouse Efficiency

Electric warehouse equipment will help improve your warehouse efficiency and productivity. They are incredibly versatile and agile, moving loads of different sizes and weights with ease. Designed for use running up and down narrow aisles and in and out of tight spaces, your infrastructure is less likely to be damaged.

Burden carriers make excellent personnel carriers moving workers or visitors quickly, saving hours on your timesheets. Burden carriers can move one, two, or four people, and you can still attach a trailer to carry a load simultaneously. Compared to combustion engines, they cost less to run, are more reliable, and require less maintenance. The latest technology innovations provide fast charging and excellent range.

Our team is here to listen to your specific needs and help you find the right electric warehouse equipment. For more information, give our team a call on 0161 509 6224.

Keeping Communities Safe With Last Mile Delivery Vehicles

by OMS Admin

We all desire safe communities for ourselves, our family, and our friends. However, if you start a conversation on community safety, it is likely to tackle issues such as crime and anti-social behaviour. Yet, as we relax in our gardens or work within our homes, vehicle noise and pollution are ever-present. One of the worst offenders is commercial vehicles, particularly last mile delivery vehicles.

Even if you live on a quiet cul-de-sac, your next parcel delivery will likely be made in a petrol or diesel van that disturbs the peace and creates air pollution that has the potential to instigate coughing and sneezing while having longer-term detrimental effects on your and your family’s health.

From a business’s perspective, plenty of focus might be put on developing environmentally friendly or healthy products. But it is hard to meet or exceed the expectations of your customers if that product arrives in a manner that is not conducive to your green ethics.

Meeting & Exceeding Customer Expectations

Any business that sells a service or product should strive to meet and exceed its customer’s expectations. This is often achieved by having a differentiating factor that makes your company stand out and shows it is going further to delight its customers than its competitors.

Final mile delivery that is speedy and efficient is an excellent advertisement and an excellent way to promote your brand. Furthermore, customers are prepared to pay more for products that boast fast last mile delivery, which will help your business protect more of its hard-earned revenue and profit.

Minimal Disruption Or Environmental Impact

The customer’s mindset and values continue to change, and last mile logistics and the modern supply chain need to evolve to meet these views. As a staple, customers want to have better control over where and when delivery takes place. However, how that last mile delivery takes place is just as vital.

The environmental impact of businesses has never been under a closer microscope. From broader impacts such as climate change to localised concerns such as air quality and noise pollution, your last mile delivery solution should lead by example.

One way of achieving minimal disruption and environmental impact is to build a fleet of electric last mile delivery vehicles. Electric last mile delivery vehicles and trucks have near-silent engines that help residential areas, and town centres move towards a peaceful serenity. Furthermore, no exhaust fumes are released, ensuring the air is not polluted or filled with undesirable odours.

The charging speed, load capacity, towing capacity, vehicle range, and miles per hour have seen significant improvements, meaning that battery power is a real contender to petrol and diesel, with added benefits such as less vehicle maintenance, reduced fuel bills, and greater vehicle manoeuvrability.


To find out more about our range of last mile delivery vehicles and trucks, please contact our team on 0161 509 6224.

How Electric Wheelbarrows Are Changing Agriculture Work

by OMS Admin

Today we are taking a look at how electric wheelbarrows are changing agricultural work.

The agricultural industry has long been at the forefront of innovation. First, it was the ox and plough, and now it is machines carrying out tasks performed by hundreds of people in the past. While these large-scale and laborious jobs needed an element of automatic and machine-powered muscle, we should not forget to innovate and find solutions for those smaller-scale yet still backbreaking jobs. 

Whether it is a commercial farm or orchard, a sole trader or laypeople with an allotment who is pushing to maximise organic growth, or a stable owner, the wheelbarrow has always been there to lighten the load. However, as anyone who has worked in agriculture knows, you don’t need to put much weight in a barrow before it causes the operator muscle strain, backache, and potentially an injury.

Ease Worker Strain With A Powered Barrow

Electric wheelbarrows take away a tremendous amount of effort and physical hardship. The electric barrow is highly manoeuvrable and can power its way up slopes and around obstacles and tight corners with ease.

Electric wheelbarrows have a three-wheeled configuration and a low centre of gravity to create incredible stability. The powered wheelbarrow offers a controlled descent downhill and has excellent grip across all surface types. Whenever the power is turned off, the braking mechanism will engage and is more than adequate to hold a fully loaded barrow on slopes of up 30 degrees.

Furthermore, electric wheelbarrows handle one of the most strenuous tasks, tipping out the load. Even if you have never considered an electric power barrow, it is easy to imagine how indispensable they are for intensive agricultural work such as taking feed to animals, mucking out, or carrying 100kgs of potatoes, bags of compost, fertiliser, soil, sand, or firewood.

The Environmental Impact Of Electric Wheelbarrows

The benefits of electric wheelbarrows don’t just stop there. They are

Environmentally-friendly, and this is something that resonates strongly with individuals working with animals or growing crops. 

Electric wheelbarrows produce zero emissions and exhaust fumes, maintaining air quality and creating no unnatural odours. They are silent running, which is excellent for use around animals, and maintenance-free, which is good for everyone. 

It is important here to point out battery technologies have improved in leaps and bounds. The batteries are quick to charge using an external plug, and a 4-hour full charge gives a range of up to 12 miles.

ePowerTrucks has several electric wheelbarrows on offer with capacities of 300kg, 400kg, and 500kg. The barrows benefit from rust-resistant steel skips, keyed ignition for security, and a convenient LED battery status,

So, if you or your business is feeling the strain when it comes to agricultural work, maybe it’s time to upgrade your wheelbarrow and let it do the heavy lifting, pushing, and tipping for you.

For more information on our electric wheelbarrows range, please contact our team on 0161 509 6224.

How To Reduce Your Last Mile Delivery Costs

by OMS Admin

In the face of a massive boom in eCommerce, you need to look for ways to reduce your last mile delivery costs, to maintain an effective business model. Last mile delivery might be the final part of the supply chain, but it is largely recognised to account for more than half of all the delivery costs.

Most businesses, small or large, with the sole purpose of last mile logistics or last mile delivery as a localised service, rely on vans and trucks with internal combustion engines. However, petrol and diesel-powered vehicles are relatively expensive to fuel and maintain and are accompanied by a whole host of other negative traits, such as creating noise and air pollution, by releasing carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.

With surging online sales (up more than 70% in the UK), and with many consumers putting pressure on the businesses they choose to move towards greener solutions, businesses need to respond. 

If your business incorporates last mile delivery as a service, then it is time to reassess and adapt your business model to reflect the demand for greener solutions and maintain profitability and your customer base in a world where final mile delivery is expected to be fast and often free.

Cost Effective Electric Vehicles

Electric fleet last mile delivery vehicles are fast becoming recognised as a cost-effective alternative to the internal combustion engine. The cost-saving advantages of electric vehicles include:

  • Batteries are significantly cheaper to produce – The price of batteries per kilowatt-hour has fallen by almost 90% in the last decade, and batteries can now last well over the lifetime range of most vehicles.
  • Running costs are substantially lower – The cost of fuelling vehicles with electricity is approximately one-third of that for petrol and diesel vehicles. Many businesses also go one step further and install their own renewable energy source, from wind or solar, to lower energy costs further.
  • Lower maintenance costs – With fewer moving parts, equalling tens and not the thousands seen in petrol and diesel vehicles, maintenance costs are lowered by more than two-thirds. The life of wearing parts such as tyres and brakes even have their life extended with regenerative braking as part of the equation, 

The key to sustainable eCommerce requires a move away from diesel and petrol vehicles and introducing cheaper and cleaner alternatives. Using electricity to power your last mile delivery vehicles will boost your sustainability efforts by roughly halving CO2 emissions. As more of the electricity grid converts to renewable energy, these benefits will increase.

Optimise Your Deliveries

Delivery giants are often the first to lead the way, and they are already optimising their deliveries by moving towards electric last mile delivery vehicles. Companies such as Amazon, British Mail, DHL, and Ikea, are all leading the way.

ePowerTrucks can help you reduce your last mile delivery costs with utility vehicles that can carry loads of up to 1,450kg and tow loads of up to 4,000kg. With speeds of up to 50mph and a range of up to 120 miles, last mile delivery is ready to be revolutionised. 

To discuss how electric last mile delivery vehicles could transform your business, contact our team on 0161 509 6224.

Are All Electric Vehicles Road Legal?

by OMS Admin

Electric vehicles (EVs) have plenty of benefits and advantages that many businesses across multiple sectors would like to enjoy. However, not all electric vehicles are road-legal. If you are tasked with purchasing road-legal electric vehicles for your company, you need to ensure that they are denoted as ‘road legal’ or ‘road homologation.’

By switching your fleet to electric vehicles, you can take advantage of electric vehicles’ energy-efficiency and convenience. They create zero-emissions, emit no pollutants, and create no noise pollution, making them an ideal choice when you want something that is as practical indoors as it is out.

Road legal models are convenient, efficient, and environmentally friendly, from delivery vans to burden carriers and street sweepers.

Legal Requirements

Electric vehicles are governed by the same laws and regulations as those that apply to motor vehicles and set out in the Road Traffic Act 1988. These laws are in place to ensure safety, consistency, and environmental sustainability.

So what does this mean for your business? Your business will need to maintain vehicle insurance and vehicle tax. Your electric vehicles will have a registration and be designed and manufactured to meet the technical standards and inspections set out by the DVSA and their N1 European road homologation standards.

Your employees will need a full driver’s license, and drivers and your company will be subject to the same fines and penalty points as any other type of vehicle that is not following the laws of the road.

Your EVs should not be used on the pavement or driven along the public right of way footpaths, over land that is only to be used on foot. Equally, you should not drive them on cycle paths.

Because they emit no emissions or pollutants, your electric vehicles will be exempt from Low Emissions Zone charges, which offers a massive reduction in operational costs for drivers moving in and out of city centres.

Our Range Of Road Legal Electric Vehicles

Our range of road legal electric vehicles includes sturdy and compact utility vehicles with manoeuvrability to make tight turning circles. We supply models with off-road performance and models with high power levels, combining robustness with high load capacities of up to 1,630kg, with towing capacities of up to 4,500kg.

Many of our flatbeds, trikes, and last-mile delivery vehicles have engine braking and energy recovery, with batteries that can be recharged for as little as £2. They can have a range of up to 120 miles, negotiate slopes of up to 35 degrees, and achieve top speeds of up to 50mph.

Modern conveniences have not been overlooked, with options such as cab heating, air conditioning, and stereo systems. Driver protection is increased in cabs with a reinforced steel frame, and flatbeds have a low point of gravity to reduce rollover risks when making emergency manoeuvers.

The road-legal electric vehicles are low maintenance with no transmission, engine, fuel system, or cooling system. This means that they do not need engine oil, transmission fluid, coolant, belts, or filters when they are serviced.

To find out more about our range of electric vehicles, contact our team on 0161 509 6224

How The Pandemic Has Shaped The Future Of Last Mile Delivery

by OMS Admin

Last mile delivery solutions were already experiencing strong growth as consumers recognised the convenience of shopping from home. However, the pandemic is supercharging this shift in consumer behaviour, creating a rapid upwards surge in home deliveries of non-essential and essential goods as brick and mortar stores face in-person trading restrictions and forced closures.

Retailers are quickly reassessing their business models, putting a focus on eCommerce. With health experts warning that the pandemic is here to stay for years to come, it is shaping the future of last mile delivery.

An Increase In Online Shopping

According to research published by Accenture, whether people are forced or choose to remain indoors, online orders with last mile delivery are up 71% in Europe and the UK. So, online delivery options are essential for almost any business that previously relied on face-to-face transactions.

To meet the demand from online shoppers, last mile delivery companies are beginning to create hyper-local relationships with retail outlets. This allows the retailer to continue operating effectively as a Cloud retail store. Alternatively, retailers bring last mile delivery in-house and purchase or lease last mile delivery vehicles, making contactless deliveries with digital payments.

Higher Expectations Mean More Pressure On Couriers

For consumers, immediacy is being replaced with safety, and customer motivations, behaviours, habits, and loyalty are all experiencing a change that may persist long after the pandemic ends.

According to Accenture, 40% of online shoppers expect fast and free delivery, creating a challenge for delivery companies, retailers, and urban transport. Seasonal pressure is transforming into year-round pressure as 63% of older millennials, and 43% of everyone else intending to shop exclusively online this year.

Large single-drop deliveries, such as a pallet of stock delivered to a retail store, are replaced with many small parcels delivered to many household or business addresses. With 56% of consumers stating they will not shop again with a retailer following an unsatisfactory delivery, the last mile solution needs to be quick, efficient, flexible, and safe.

So, how can retailers and couriers meet higher expectations?

Electric utility vehicles might be the solution for taking off the pressure on couriers. These urban electric vehicles are ideal for coping with increased parcel numbers and last-minute changes because they excel in a stop-start role within urban environments. Electric utility carts provide a zero-emissions solution that does not pollute the air or create noise pollution outside homes as they move in and out of city centres and residential areas.

The pressure to offer free deliveries is somewhat eased by electric last mile delivery vehicles’ lower energy demands. Vehicle reliability also improves while vehicle maintenance is significantly less, taking the pressure off operational costs.

To discuss the benefits of electric last mile delivery vehicles please contact our helpful team on 0161 509 6224.

How Last Mile Delivery Is Changing The Transport Industry

by OMS Admin

Last mile delivery has long been considered the most expensive, pollution generating, and inefficient part of the supply chain. Predominantly dominated by diesel or petrol-guzzling vehicles, this sector of the transport industry is changing in response to the changing expectations from consumers and merchants.

Existing fleet vehicles are being replaced, and new fleets of clean and efficient electric utility vehicles are being created to meet the challenges and demands of a changing world. Whether it is direct-to-consumer (D2C) or business-to-business (B2B), speed, security, flexibility, and costs play a significant role in the success or failure of last mile delivery.

The Changing Landscape Of Last Mile Delivery

The typical supply chain comprises three stages of distribution. These stages include long-haul, regional, and urban distribution. Last mile delivery vehicles carry out the last step, moving products from regional distribution centres to the final destination; the urban consumer or retailer.

The biggest challenges that the last mile delivery sector is facing includes:

Increasing demand for small and more frequent deliveries and collections categorised as just-in-time distribution.
A rise in eCommerce due to the convenience of online shopping and its adoption by the elderly, who are following the path of younger generations that have already adopted an online lifestyle.

According to the Royal Mail, parcel deliveries are increasing by 4.5 to 5.5% per year. This is a significant trend for urban transport and delivery to keep up with. However, last-mile delivery companies have a few things on their side that will help them adapt and manage greater workloads.

Light urban electric vehicles and electric utility carts are governed by less stringent regulation, compared to HGVs, in terms of driver hours and licensing. This means that urban delivery fleets can expand without the problem of a shortage of HGV drivers, which affects regional and national delivery.

The Impact Of Electric Last Mile Delivery Vehicles

The impact of electric last mile delivery vehicles on the environment is small, with zero-emissions. Congestion in town centres can be eased as eCommerce grows with one vehicle making multiple deliveries, compared to numerous customers collecting and carrying goods home in their cars. This can positively impact the safety and the environmental impact of getting goods to consumers.

Furthermore, personal deliveries to the workplace reduce failed delivery attempts, which according to a review commissioned by the UK government’s Foresight Future of Mobility project, sees 14% of home delivery attempts fail.

As local authorities continue to introduce measures to reduce the number of petrol and diesel-fuelled vehicles entering urban areas, electric last mile delivery appears to be the solution we are looking for.

For more information on ePowerTruck‘s range of electric utility vehicles for sale, please contact our team on 0161 509 6224.

Keeping University Campus’ Clean With Electric Vehicles

by OMS Admin

Universities, colleges, and school campuses have various challenges to overcome when striving to achieve a clean and sustainable campus. Fossil-fuelled transportation solutions have inherently been polluters, but electric vehicles (EVs) are taking over this space and solving the clean transportation problem.

The latest EVs use innovative technologies to quickly, efficiently and safely handle everyday tasks, including moving staff, students, goods, equipment, and consumables across the campus’ and on public roads.

Electric vehicles are highly manoeuvrable and include multi-passenger vehicles, tow tractors, and electric utility trucks. Whether it is building management, landscaping, or transporting faculty staff, electric vehicles provide the speed, comfort, and range extensive university campus’ need.

A Cost Effective Solution

Electric vehicles have advanced to a position where they offer a practical and cost-effective solution for maintenance, operations, and grounds teams. You can quickly boost your sustainability efforts and create an environment with improved air quality and reduced noise pollution.

Low-carbon, zero-emissions vehicles can conveniently charge overnight or in a short amount of time, with staff accessing vehicles that can see them through any shift. Furthermore, you can eliminate fossil fuel storage hazards and waste, simplifying risk assessments and health and safety.

The Right Electric Vehicles For Your Campus

ePowerTrucks has been supplying environmentally-friendly electric utility vehicles to colleges and universities for 20 years. We can provide the right electric vehicles for your campus with a range that includes models such as:

EP Flatbed: This compact re-invention of a flatbed truck is incredibly versatile and can carry loads of up to 1,000kg with its practical loading bed.
EP Amp XL: This compact utility vehicle is ideal for general transport with an ample load capacity. The compact design lets it excel in environments with narrow roads, pathways, and access points.
Jobmaster: Bridging indoor and outdoor spaces, this electric tug has a towing capacity of up to 3,000kg, handling almost any heavy-duty task.
EP 400/500: This three-wheeled electric platform truck was developed for special applications, moving containers, and equipment of different shapes, weights, and sizes.
EP 800: This four-wheeled motorised electric platform trolley can be equipped with various load cage configurations, making it adept in roles such as collecting waste or loose materials.
ATX320E: With a load capacity of up to 635kg and a 2,000kg towing capacity, this versatile electric vehicle has a load bed with aluminium drop sides and a steel full-height cargo barrier.
ATX330E: When your campus needs a robust, powerful off-road performance and agility, this EV goes where other utility vehicles cannot.

With university, college, and school campuses’ becoming ever more expansive, electric vehicles continue to play a more significant role in creating clean and sustainable environments.

For more information on ePowerTruck‘s range of electric vehicles, please contact our team on 0161 509 6224.

How Inefficient Last Mile Deliveries Can Cost You Dearly

by OMS Admin

For many logistics and distribution companies, as well as smaller local businesses who have brought their service in-house, the final leg of the journey, known as last mile delivery, can be extremely costly. Last mile logistics can account for more than half of the costs associated with expediting products and goods from the final distribution centre to the customers’ front door.

As more business and personal consumers turn to ecommerce for meeting their supply needs, the speed and efficiency of last mile deliveries become a priority. E-shoppers often expect same-day or next-day delivery, further adding to the pressure to the last mile delivery solution.

Getting the final mile delivery wrong will see the distributor incur higher fuel charges, have longer fulfilment times, and poor customer satisfaction compared to the competition. Ultimately, customers will be lost, and that can cost you dearly.

Ensure You Have The Right Last Mile Delivery Equipment

There are various challenges to overcome if your business is to operate efficiently. In urban areas, the last mile delivery service can see the vehicle making multiple stops in close proximity to each other and further hindered by traffic congestion. In rural areas, congestion is less of an issue, and stops may be fewer but miles apart.

As the UK extends low emissions zones in London and adds new zones in cities such as Birmingham and Manchester, there are further costs associated with moving in and out of these locations with petrol or diesel-fuelled last mile delivery vehicles.

So, how do you maintain a loyal customer base, reduce costs, and improve delivery efficiency? Well, much of the puzzle can be solved by ensuring you have the right last mile delivery equipment.

Optimise Your Deliveries

To optimise your deliveries, you should choose versatile vehicles that are manoeuvrable, fuel-efficient, and do not emit exhaust fumes. ePower Trucks supplies a range of electric last mile delivery vehicles that have various top speeds, range, and parcel capacities. The latest battery innovations mean that vehicles with a load capacity of up to 1,450kg can have a range of up to 120 miles. Furthermore, many models have an additional towing capacity, which can be as high as 4,000kg.

These electric delivery vehicles are efficient in urban and rural settings and produce no emissions, which is great for the environment and your company’s reputation. These vehicles are cheap to run, clean, and easy to maintain, making them an excellent choice for handling a growing demand in online, direct-to-door shopping.

Computer technology can play a role too, optimising delivery routes. Fleet management software can run in real-time with GPS tracking, responding to traffic congestion, failed deliveries, and re-assignments, factoring in elements such as time, distance, and location.

For more information on ePowerTruck’s range of electric last mile delivery vehicles, please contact our team on 0161 509 6224.