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.

Last Mile Delivery FAQ

by OMS Admin

The last mile delivery solution is the most critical element of the eCommerce supply chain. Customers might expect this to be free, which might be a person or a business, and they certainly expect it to be fast.

These delivery companies need to be competitive and meet consumer demand while simultaneously cutting costs and improving efficiency. Beating these challenges means having a competitive edge over other last mile logistics providers. Failing these challenges means poor customer satisfaction or higher costs, which means logistics companies cannot afford to disappoint.

Your commonly Asked Questions Answered

Here we take a look at your commonly asked questions, giving you the answers you have been looking for.

What Is Last Mile Delivery?

Last mile delivery is the last leg of the journey, which could be a mile or fifty miles. The parcel or package leaves the transportation hub and is moved to the final destination, typically a retail store or a personal residence. This is a critical step that will make or break the consumer’s impression of the business they have ordered from.

What Are The Stages Involved?

The final mile delivery typically involves five steps:

  • The parcel is entered into a centralised digital system and given a tracking number, which is monitored by the sender and recipient
  • The package arrives at the transportation hub
  • The order is assigned for delivery based on the final address
  • The parcels are scanned as they are loaded onto the last mile delivery vehicles
  • The package is delivered and verified

What Are The Challenges Of Last Mile Delivery?

Two challenges of last mile delivery include:

  1. Route optimisation – This is a challenge and can result in higher fuel costs, which in turn means more exhaust pollution
  2. Same-day or next-day delivery – This is increasingly expected and requires end-to-end cooperation between the sender, logistics company, and the customer, who may not be at the delivery location, wasting time and fuel.

What Are The Solutions To These Challenges?

Every challenge has a solution, and in this case, there are two that will enable logistics companies to increase their profitability, lower fuel costs, and reduce pollution to maintain good air quality:

Delivery software – Technology is an integral part of planning and reacting. The software can optimise route planning, considering many factors such as truck capacity, traffic and congestion, and location. Also, offering the customer real-time status and visibility can be the difference of the customer being at the delivery location or not.
Electric last mile delivery truck – These utility vehicles are ideal for urban environments, creating zero emissions and running almost silently. They are highly manoeuvrable, which is a significant consideration for operating within town centres with narrow streets. Battery technology has moved on significantly, and electric last mile delivery vehicles have a range of up to 120 miles, with a load capacity of up to 1,450kg and a towing capacity of up to 4,000kg.

For more information on last mile delivery solutions, please contact the team at ePowerTrucks.

How Electric Hospital Equipment Is Helping Ease The Burden

by OMS Admin

Electric hospital equipment is fundamental to the operations of busy healthcare facilities. As more recognition is placed on staff and patients’ wellbeing and the demands to be ever more efficient grow, it makes excellent sense to invest in electric hospital equipment.

There is intense pressure on wards in hospitals across the UK, and this is felt by the people who work on them, including nursing staff and hospital porters.

Hospital porters are constantly in motion, day-in/day-out, and need to keep pace with demands, even when they surge skywards. Likewise, nurses have more patients under their care as patient numbers swell, which creates a scenario where they spend less time treating patients.

Electric hospital equipment can help staff keep pace, improve efficiency, and avoid bottlenecks in healthcare facilities. With access to the right tools, it is possible to prevent physical lifting injuries and general physical strain involved with either lifting single heavy loads or repetitively moving loads over long shifts.

Electric Equipment is used in Hospitals Every Day

By leveraging electric hospital equipment daily, NHS and private hospitals reduce the number of staff required to move beds, patients, and medical equipment.

Lifting and shifting electric hospital equipment brings oxygen canisters and other medical supplies onto wards right when they are needed. Trolleys of waste or laundry are seamlessly whisked away, and beds efficiently move between wards and operating theatres.

Our Range of Hospital Equipment

Our range of hospital equipment provides a cost-effective approach to streamlining processes and reducing the pressure on staff. Suitable for small and large hospital sites, our electric bed movers and electric burden carriers make an instant difference because they can be used by anyone and do not require an operator’s licence.

Our electric hospital equipment includes the EP Bed Mover, which transforms the process of moving beds around the hospital. Helping prevent work-related injuries, this device easily connects to beds and trolleys, capturing the castors and driving the bed to wherever the hospital porter needs it to go. 

The MC-360 and MC-660 Multi-Passenger Burden Carriers move heavy loads over long distances and are a favourite with maintenance departments. Within hospital grounds, the Glutton Electric Vacuum allows cleaning attendants to throw away the sweeping brush in favour of a much more modern and efficient solution.

The Jobmaster Pedestrian Electric Tug and EP 500 Electric Platform Trucks provide a reliable solution for porters to move loads of up to 1,500kg around the facility. Where extreme moving power is demanded, the E-242 HD, MT-250, and MT-290 Tow Tractors tackle any towing load of up to 7,250kg.

Aside from preventing injuries and streamlining processes, there are many other benefits to choosing our electric hospital equipment. Powered by electricity, all vehicles and moving equipment are almost silent, so it does not disrupt patients’ recovery. There are no exhaust fumes or gases, so air quality is maintained, helping patients breathe easy.

For more information on how our range of electric hospital equipment can ease healthcare establishments’ burdens, please contact our team.

Are Road Sweepers Hygienic?

by OMS Admin

If you venture out onto the roads or city centre streets in the early hours of the morning, then you are sure to come across road sweepers regularly. Road sweepers are used across the UK to clear urban areas of debris, dust, and dirt that collect on road surfaces and pavements.

The newest road sweepers release no dust behind the vehicle, offering a hygienic solution that protects workers’ and residents’ health. An electric street sweeper doubles down on the environmental benefits by emitting no exhaust fumes or carbon dioxide.

How They Work

Most road sweepers use spinning brushes to remove debris and cylindrical brushes or suction nozzles to collect waste, which is stored in the storage hopper. Suction nozzles are the preferred option when dust and contamination may be a concern.

Many models use water jets to reduce the quantity of dust that might otherwise be thrown into the air, lowering air quality and potentially causing health and breathing problems. Where hazardous materials or dust is to be removed, suction sweepers can compress the material using water or air.

Road sweepers can also be fitted with mulching fans to handle lightweight bottles and cans, compacting them to maximise storage capacity and reduce the number of emptying trips. 

Our Electric Sweepers

Our range consists of the Glutton Zen sweeper. The Glutton Zen is a road-legal electric sweeper that is suitable for use by local authorities, private roadway owners, and commercial businesses who need to maintain their own access roads.

This compact model offers many benefits, not least allowing traffic to pass by more freely, reducing traffic congestion. With zero CO2 emissions and a 100% electric motor, the Glutton Zen presents a revolutionary solution that fulfills the environmental standards expected by today’s society.

The electric motor and battery technology in the electric road sweepers require no maintenance, making them the ideal solution for companies without automotive maintenance staff. 

When cleaning and sweeping takes place during unsociable hours, the silent running nature of electric sweepers is welcomed. Furthermore, silence is an excellent benefit on sites of healing and recovery, such as hospital grounds and care homes.

The driver of the Glutton Zen will appreciate how easy the vehicle is to handle along narrow roads and pathways. The compact design and a small turning circle let the vehicle navigate and access areas where other sweepers simply could not go.

Whether it is dead leaves, cigarette butts, discarded leaflets, chemical powders, food waste, or oil, the powerful suction and long battery life ensure the job gets done to the highest standard.

If you would like to find out more about our range of electric road sweepers and street sweepers, please contact our team of professionals.

What Is Last-Mile Delivery

by OMS Admin

The last-mile delivery is the last stage of moving goods or people to their final destination. This leg of the journey is something that warehouses and factories often have a significant need for, taking goods from the back of a lorry into the facility.

Local delivery companies have a similar need, and the demand to get goods to customers is growing due to the strength and increasing popularity of eCommerce and online shopping. The last mile of the journey here often takes place across the narrow streets of small towns and historic town centres.

Last-mile delivery vehicles work where larger vehicles cannot, due to space restrictions, pedestrian zones, or where petrol or diesel-powered vehicles are undesirable, such as inside a warehouse or manufacturing plant. They provide a quick and reliable solution to many logistic problems and excel in any environment with a high stop-start delivery nature.

The ‘Final Mile’

The final mile can contribute significantly to delivery and transportation costs. These costs create a need for an efficient last-mile delivery solution, and the electric utility vehicle is filling this need.

Electric utility vehicles are quiet and produce no emissions. They can be recharged between shifts or downtime, and they are always ready to meet fluctuating demands. Adept at near-instantly focusing on new priorities, these last-mile delivery vehicles are poised to help your business save operational costs.

Electric Utility Vehicles

ePowerTrucks offers an excellent range of road legal electric utility vehicles that are compact and agile. These models provide the perfect solution for transporting people and goods around urban environments with greater ease and convenience.

Our range of light work last-mile delivery vehicles includes:

  • X-CELL – These electric utility carts have a top speed of 25mph and a range of 50 miles. The cart has a 500kg payload capacity.
  • X-CELL+ – Travelling at up to 50mph with a range of 75 miles, this model has a 500kg payload capacity.
  • X-CELL Pro+ – A top speed of 50mph meets an unrivalled range of 120 miles while carrying a payload of up to 500kg.
  • EP AMP XL – A compact utility vehicle for light work and general transport.

Our range of heavy-duty last-mile delivery trucks includes:

  • ATX 310E – A sturdy, compact, flexible, and extremely agile model with a 620kg load capacity and a 2,000kg towing capacity.
  • ATX 320E – This is anN1 European road homologated vehicle with a 635kg load capacity and a 2,000kg towing capacity.
  • ATX 340E – This model is designed for tough conditions with robustness, high power levels, a load capacity of 1,620kg, and a towing capacity of 4,500kg.
  • ATX 340ED – This last mile delivery truck has a double cab for transporting work teams and materials together. The vehicle has a 1,450kg load capacity and a towing capacity of 4,000kg.

For further assistance in choosing the right electric last mile delivery for your needs, please contact our expert team.

Refresh Your Workers With New Training

by OMS Admin

The use of electric vehicles in business premises and worksites is quickly growing as their convenience becomes recognised and businesses put a focus on reducing their carbon emissions. In use in a diverse range of industries, including warehouses, hospitals, universities, airports, manufacturing, and pharmaceuticals, it is highly advantageous for your workers and operators to be given the opportunity to attend electric vehicle training courses.

An electric vehicle training course will help your team improve their skills, safety, and performance. From the basic knowledge of manoeuvering, loading, and navigating to advanced operator skills, refresher courses, and instruction on how to use new vehicles added to your fleet, successful businesses always make safety their top priority.

Your employees need to understand the limits of the equipment they use and what it can and cannot be used for to prevent misuse and downtime if the vehicles are damaged. Whether it is platform trucks, bed movers, or ATEX explosion-proof vehicles, electric vehicle training courses will help prevent accidents that might cause injury to your workforce, clients, and visitors, or expensive damage to your products and premises.

Comprehensive Electric Vehicle Training Programs

ePowerTrucks offers comprehensive electric vehicle training courses for all of the vehicles we supply. While your operators do not need a driving licence to use certain vehicles and equipment, they will need training in the skills needed to use and operate various vehicles safely.

We can customise your training to meet your business’s needs, incorporating educational elements such as the basic observational checks to carry out before use. Your team will get valuable hands-on experience in a safe and controlled manner, closely watched by the trainer. We can help your workers build their confidence, learn how to avoid hazards, plan clear pathways, and lift and move safely.

We also provide training on electric vehicle health and safety issues, rules, regulations, and processes associated with owning electric vehicles. Our electric vehicle training courses offer expert advice on charging, hazard management, electric vehicle technology, control systems, and motors. 

Our electric vehicle training courses can take the shape of onsite group training programmes, one-on-one employee training, and train the trainer sessions. At the end of the course, attendees receive a certificate of completion to show their commitment to a safe working environment.

You Can Trust EPowerTrucks To Deliver The Training You Need

There are no formal entry requirements for attending one of our electric vehicle training courses, so even your newest employee can learn the skills they need on day one. A highly experienced trainer runs each course. Our Expert trainers have committed themselves to a career in electric vehicles.

Since we were established in 2000, ePowerTrucks has supplied electric vehicles to SMEs through to large corporations such as BP, Heathrow Airport, the NHS, and Glaxo Smith Kline, to name just a few. If you are looking to maximise safety and efficiency, it pays to learn from the best in the industry.

What Are Explosion Proof Electric Vehicles

by OMS Admin

Explosion-proof vehicles are designed for use in the most demanding conditions and hazardous environments. They avoid ignition risks in the surrounding atmosphere, making them an essential item of oil and gas equipment at gas and oil processing plants. They are also used in chemical plants, tunnel construction, and mining.

Whether it is for maintenance, logistics, firefighting, first aid, or surveillance, explosion-proof vehicles are designed to prevent sparks, keeping your workforce safe.

How Do They Work?

Explosion-proof vehicles are built using specially certified components made to strict safety standards. They are rated for their intended work environment, including zones 1 and 2, where potentially explosive atmospheres contain flammable vapours and gases, and zones 21 and 22, where flammable powders are in use.

ATEX electric vehicles are rated for ATEX M2 subsoil environments. IP4X and IP5X certified explosion-proof vehicles are designed for use in the presence of explosive materials such as fireworks and ammunition products.

The explosion-proof vehicles contain many specialised components, such as disks and brake drums with temperature and wear sensors. Seats can be covered with anti-static material, and external surfaces can be covered with electroconductive paint.

Air-conditioning systems are designed to work in extreme high-temperature environments of up to 55C, with heating and cooling provided through explosion-proof systems. They are as adept in the desert as they are in a frozen wasteland with AC motors that produce gradual power distribution and high torque for driving on low-grip surfaces such as ice and sand. Uphill standing starts are no problem for this category of electric vehicles.

Alkè Explosion-Proof Electric Vehicles

Designed, tested, and manufactured in Italy, Alkè explosion-proof electric vehicles are made using high-grade components from Europe and North America to guarantee top-quality and safety. Special safe-design of the electrical system and parts that could generate high temperatures or sparks is needed. This safe design includes sensors, control units, connectors, batteries, brakes, and mechanical parts, which automatically shut down before any overheating risk.

Our range of explosion-proof vehicles are created according to ATEX 2014/34/EU and include:

  • ATX 340EX: This model has a load capacity of 1,205kg and a towing capacity of 4,500kg. These explosion-proof vehicles have a range of 90km.
  • ATX 340EDX: This model has a twin cab, accommodating up to four people. Two further seats can be added to the loading area with optional rear seat kits.

These models cater to different needs with various configurations and fittings, such as mobile crane fixtures. The chassis is built using a stress-resistant steel tube that is treated with an anti-corrosion cataphoresis process.

For zone 1 and 21, the vehicles use Ex-d battery connectors, Ex-e type batteries, and have an earth leakage check system. For zone 2 and 22, batteries and connectors meet the EN 60079-15 standard.

For assistance choosing, category 2 and 3 surface activity electric vehicles and category M2 underground activity vehicles, contact our team today.

Are Your Business Health & Safety Practices Up To Date?

by OMS Admin

You know that you must comply with workplace health & safety, yet many business owners and SMEs find this challenging, while new businesses can feel overwhelmed and unsure where to begin. Business health & safety laws and regulations change frequently, so it can be difficult to stay on top of things. It can take a lot of time and hassle, and regulations and the law can be complex and hard to understand.

The risks of not following the correct practices are too high to ignore. The consequences could include bad publicity, lawsuits, compensation, fines, prosecution, or even business closure.

So, how can you keep up to date with business health & safety for your industry or sector?

Guidelines & Regulations

To keep on top of business health & safety, we have five tips that any company can introduce:

  1. Visit the Health and Safety Executive website: On the HSE website, you will find business health & safety guidelines, broken down into sections that make the regulations easier to digest. You will find the basics for your business, details on conducting risk assessments, how to manage incidents, guidance on moving hazardous substances, and site and equipment safety.
  1. Subscribe to industry podcasts and newsletter: Newsletters are great at informing you of what changes lie just around the corner. Podcasts with expert guests discuss issues, breakdown policies into specific topics, and you can listen to them on the fly or while you are completing other tasks.
  1. Regularly review your corporate health & safety policy: You should schedule regular annual reviews as well as review whenever your business undergoes major changes. These changes might be introducing new positions, workspace redesigns, and work procedure changes.
  1. Speak to your employees: Your employees are a great resource for understanding where you are and what issues your workforce is experiencing or concerned about. Your legal obligations also cover mental health, so this is something to keep in mind when you speak to your staff.
  1. Attend industry events: Face-to-face tradeshows and conferences may be off the cards for many due to the current epidemic, but webinars and virtual conferences can fill this gap and give you access to industry knowledge.

Health & Safety Equipment

Health and safety equipment includes the PPE your workforce wears and the equipment they use. Both play a crucial role in keeping your workers safe.

Certain pieces of equipment are vital for helping your workers avoid physical injury and follow safe working distancing rules to tackle COVID-19. Moving goods and picking parts using burden carriers, tow tractors, pedestrian platform trucks, and electric utility vehicles is an excellent way to tackle both aspects. One person can move larger loads without physical strain while simultaneously reducing the number of close contact instances with other workers.

To ensure you are following business health & safety to prevent the spread of viruses, you can limit the number of workers using shared equipment and introduce cleaning and disinfecting procedures of the equipment after each use.