Bargoed Farm has upgraded its fleet to include electric vehicles from ePowerTrucks

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One of Wales’s best-kept secrets has upgraded its fleet to include 2 all-electric utility vehicles from ePowerTrucks.

Bargoed Farm, based in the heart of the world renowned Cardigan Bay is a large site that celebrates all things made in Wales in their unique farm shop, butchers, and bistro.

They also have a brand new touring caravan, camping & glamping park which these electric utility vehicles will be of great use for the farm staff.

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 Dylan Costal Resort Takes Delivery of EP AMP 6 Electric Utility Vehicle

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Dylan Coastal Resort & Facilities has recently taken delivery of an EP AMP 6 electric multi-passenger from ePowerTrucks.

This vehicle is ideal for light work and as a general transport vehicle. A small profile makes it perfect for transporting people in the stylish resort.

The Dylan Luxury Lodges was founded in 2015 and provides stylish holidays in the UK.

Large Wholesale Distributor Takes Delivery of Another Jobmaster Electric Trolley Mover

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Another large UK based wholesale distributor has taken delivery of a Jobmaster Electric Trolley MoverThis electric-powered pedestrian tug will be used for the collection and distribution of trolleys around their large car park and warehouse.

The Jobmaster Electric Trolley Mover is a compact and practical electric tug suitable for towing and pushing trolleys in narrow spaces. This version is equipped with a remote control to make this electric tug incredibly versatile for various applications.

It will cover approx 12m with a full load. Approx 4 hour recharge time with 240V charger. Low maintenance, silent running, easy to use.

Future-Proof Your Operations

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Clean Air Zones are going to become more common, as cities fight to reduce air pollution. Now is the time to future-proof your operations and get ahead of the curve.

The number of Clean Air Zones (CAZs) across the UK is growing, as cities aim to reduce emissions to improve air quality. Transport is the main cause of air pollution in the UK, and CAZs are proven to reduce pollutants such a carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxides, and particulate matter.

Types of Zone

There are four types of Clean Air Zone, classified as A to D as follows:

ClassVehicle type
ABuses, coaches, taxis, private hire vehicles
BBuses, coaches, taxis, private hire vehicles, heavy goods vehicles
CBuses, coaches, taxis, private hire vehicles, heavy goods vehicles, vans, minibuses
DBuses, coaches, taxis, private hire vehicles, heavy goods vehicles, vans, minibuses, cars, the local authority has the option to include motorcycles

Current Zones

As of September 2021, the following cities currently have Clean Air Zones:

Bath (class C) and Birmingham (class D) have CAZs which affect van and truck drivers. London also has an Ultra-Low Emissions Zone which works in the same way. If your vehicles do not meet the required emissions standards then you will have to pay a daily charge to enter the zone.

Clean Air Zones due to come online in late 2021 or 2022 in England include: Bristol, Bradford, Greater Manchester, Liverpool, Portsmouth, and Tyneside. In Scotland, Low Emission Zones will be implemented in Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh, and Glasgow.

Emissions Standards

The emissions standards you have to meet in order to avoid the daily charges are:

Trucks                   Euro VI

Diesel vans         Euro 6

Petrol vans         Euro 4

Zero Emission Zones

Some areas have skipped low emission zones and moved straight onto zero-emissions zones. Oxford is introducing one of these zones. All vehicles entering the zone will have to pay a charge, except for pure electric vehicles (EVs).


Joining the Dots

It isn’t hard to join the dots and see that, ultimately, Clean Air Zones will charge all vehicles apart from EVs. It makes sense now to future-proof your fleet by investing in electric delivery vehicles such as our X-Cell series.

The X-Cell is a compact electric vehicle designed for couriers, post and parcel delivery and last mile logistics applications. It is available in three different versions, which have top speeds of up to 50mph, a range of up to 120 miles, and can carry a 500kg payload. Multiple cargo bed configurations are available. The three models are the X-Cell, X-Cell+, and X-Cell Pro+.

The X-Cell Micro is a 3-wheel electric vehicle which is ideal for light loads such as postal and takeaway deliveries. It offers a top speed of 25mph, payloads of 250kg or 100kg, and a range of up to 55 miles. The Micro can be customised with a refrigeration box, insulated box for hot food and drink, or be fitted with an adaptable cargo box. It is available in two models, the Micro and Micro+.

For more details on our complete range of electric trucks for last-mile delivery, visit https://www.epowertrucks.co.uk/solutions/electric-last-mile-delivery-vehicles/

Going Green on Campus

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Electric utility trucks are ideal for closed campus operations. In this article, we run through some of the key benefits you can expect from operating all-electric vehicles.

Universities, colleges, and boarding schools all have significantly sized estates to manage. The latest electric utility trucks can help you green your operations on campus, without sacrificing productivity. Reducing emissions might be the main objective for educational establishments, but there are many more benefits to going electric.

  1. Cost

Campus estate management teams are often surprised to learn how cost-effective it can be to switch from a diesel van to an all-electric utility truck. Vehicles like our Alke utility trucks cost just pennies per mile to run in “fuel”. For example, the Alke ATX 320E has a range of up to 70km and a full charge costs around £2.

Furthermore, the drive train on an Alke electric vehicle is far less complex than an internal combustion engine (ICE). The motor is maintenance free, and the entire system has far fewer moving parts than an ICE vehicle. This means a lower risk of a breakdown, and much less maintenance and servicing required. Reduced down-time also equates to less interruption to your operations, while its robust nature means an Alke electric truck will last longer than a diesel van.

When these factors are combined – lower operating costs, lower maintenance costs, less down time, and longer life – it becomes abundantly clear that replacing a diesel van with an Alke electric truck will deliver substantial cost savings.

2. Versatility

One of the key advantages of an Alke utility truck over a diesel van is its versatility. You can choose between solid and reliable lead batteries, or lithium power for extended range and faster recharge times. And, unlike some electric trucks, the Alke series are N1 certified for use on public roads.

Due to the high torque provided by powerful electric motors, utility trucks such as the Alke range also have great off-road capabilities, tackling gradients of up to 35 per cent. This added bonus makes them perfect for estates management activities such as grounds keeping and landscaping.

Furthermore, the power of the electric drive train makes Alke vehicles ideal for towing significant loads – for example, the Alke ATX 330E can tow up to 4,500kg. Alternatively, the flat bed can carry up to 1,575kg, putting it on a par with many diesel vans.

3. Ease of Recharging

You do not need to invest in electric car charging infrastructure to charge an Alke electric truck! It is highly likely that your campus already has the single phase and three phase electricity supplies needed to charge Alke vehicles. And if not, you can get it installed for a fraction of the price of an electric car charge point.

4. Fit for Purpose

There is a huge range of Alke vehicles from which you can choose, ensuring you get the right vehicle for your needs. The ATX series are available with five different wheelbases, two- or four-seat cabs, and three different sized cargo beds. We can also provide a range of different bodies such as dropside and tipper, as well as box body and mesh cage. If you need something specific, ePowerTrucks has the capability to provide bespoke bodies.

Furthermore, you can buy accessories that turn your truck into a snow plough and gritter, making it an even more valuable asset over the winter months.

5. A Strong Statement

Now more than ever, students and their families place great value on fighting climate change. Your electric utility trucks make a strong statement to applicants about your commitment to the environment. This is reinforced every day as students see your vehicles at work.

6. More Solutions

For material handling operations in campus that can’t be done with a vehicle, check out our fantastic range of electric pedestrian-controlled tow tractors. These enable users to make light work of lifting and shifting loads of up to 3,000kg. We also offer a full range of electric platform trucks and trolleys, which are ideal for delivery and collection of goods such as mail and laundry.

Click here for further information on our full range for campus operations.

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. 

Blackpool Council Takes Delivery of 2 Glutton H20 Cleaning Machines

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Blackpool Council has recently taken delivery of 2 Glutton H20 electric-powered street cleaning vacuums.

The all-electric Glutton H20 vacuums will be deployed in and around the city centre. Equipped with a built-in pressure cleaner the Glutton will make light work of cleaning the northern town.

The Glutton street vacuum allows street cleaning operatives to easily clean up dog mess, pigeon droppings and all kinds of dirt left on pavements, around public bins and underneath public benches etc. The Glutton is compact, silent and eco-friendly, and will be well utilised in and around Blackpool.

Glutton Blackpool Council - Street Clearing Electric Tool

Blackpool Pleasure Beach takes delivery of custom electric platform truck from ePowerTrucks.

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ePowerTrucks have recently delivered an EP 800 for use by their catering team around the 42 acre site. The EP 800 electric pedestrian-vehicle has been fitted with a mesh cage with drop-down sides and a zinc finish.

This multipurpose electric vehicle has great stability and can carry up to 600 kg with a 12-mile range on a single charge.

Perfect for garden centres, agricultural applications, schools, colleges, hospitals and councils. Tough and reliable with large pneumatic tyres for rough terrain, it’s built to withstand exposure to the elements. While silent, smooth running and zero emissions also makes it perfect for indoor use.

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.

ePowerTrucks Supply Royal Air Force Base With Jobmaster Electric Pedestrian Tug

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A Midlands RAF base has recently taken delivery of a Jobmaster Electric Pedestrian Tug for use in and around their large site

The pedestrian tug will be added to their current fleet of Jobaster Tugs from ePowerTrucks and will assist with aircraft maintenance.

The jobmaster pedestrian tow tug is perfect for indoor and outdoor use. 3000kg tow capacity pedestrian controlled tug. Small maneuverable, reliable and very powerful.

The tiller arm folds back over the machine to take up minimal room, perfect for small lifts and storage.

Cosmo delivers the goods for CBD drinks supplier

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A leading CBD drinks company is one of the first in the UK to invest in a new electric delivery truck.

Intune is a fast-growing producer of all-natural, CBD drinks. The East London-based company recently purchased an X-Cell compact electric truck for delivering online orders to customers in the capital. Intune’s Instagram followers have dubbed the vehicle ‘Cosmo’ following a social media poll. Along with delivering to consumers, bars, restaurants and cafes, Cosmo is also used as a pop-up bar for events, recently travelling to the Camp Bestival music festival in Dorset and Birch Community, the out-of-London retreat.

Nakita Banger, Marketing Manager at Intune, said: “Cosmo has helped us to diversify our business and show up in a fun and creative way at events, bars and venues and for our customers. We wanted an electric delivery vehicle because it is in line with our sustainability goals.

“The X-Cell is ideal for our needs, plus it also looks really distinctive and works as a mobile billboard for our business. Cosmo turns a lot of heads wherever we go, which is great for building brand awareness. It is very simple to use and to charge up, and we easily get a day’s deliveries done on a single charge.”

CBD – short for cannabidiol – is a cannabis plant extract that is believed to help regulate our sleep, our immune responses, and how we feel pain. The Intune range includes soft drinks and mixers.

The X-Cell is designed for couriers, post and parcel delivery and last mile logistics applications. It is available in three different versions, which have top speeds of up to 50mph with a range of up to 120 miles and can carry a 500kg payload. Multiple cargo bed configuration are available. Intune opted for a bespoke box body, which easily converts into a mobile bar for events.

Intune purchased the X-Cell from ePowerTrucks, one of the UK’s leading independent providers of commercial electric vehicles.

Jamie Radcliffe, Sales Director South for ePowerTrucks, said: “Intune is a really forward-thinking and innovative company. They recognise the sustainability and cost benefits of operating an electric delivery vehicle, particularly in London. We are delighted that Cosmo has proved such a hit with the company and its clients; and look forward to following its adventures on social media.”

Intune will be taking Cosmo to a range of outdoor events and festivals this summer, including the Alfresco Festival in Tunbridge Wells, Kent and the Wildwood Disco near Linton, Cambridgeshire.

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.

 

 

Luxury Lakefront Development Takes Delivery Of EP AMP 6 Electric Vehicle From ePowerTrucks

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The Lakes by Yoo Luxury Lakefront Homes have taken delivery of a fully electric EP AMP 6 vehicle for their guest services team. The luxury lakefront development is based in the Cotswolds.

This electric passenger vehicle is ideal for light work and as a general transport vehicle. A small profile makes it perfect for transporting people in congested areas such as college campuses and luxury hotels.

EP AMP XL Supplied To Royal Albert Dock Liverpool for Waste Management

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In conjunction with B&M Waste Services ePowerTrucks has recently delivered an EP AMP XL with a custom trailer to the Royal Albert Dock in Liverpool.

The EP AMP XL is ideal for the Royal Albert Dock due to its small profile, great power and ample load capacity. It will be used around the large site by the maintenance team.

Are White Vans Going Green?

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Angled shot of x-cell vehicle

The Government recently confirmed that by 2030, all new light commercial vehicles (LCVs) sold must be fully electric. However, is ‘white van man’ ready to go green? A recent study by vehicle finance specialists Lombard found some surprising answers.

There is a perception that sole traders and small business owners, do not care about the environment, but Lombard’s research found the opposite. The company asked 500 van drivers about their environmental concerns and how they feel about electric LCVs.

Ready to switch?

Of those surveyed, 40% said that they will consider an electric van when they next look to replace their work vehicle. And one in five respondents said they actually feel guilty about driving a diesel van, because of its emissions. Alarmingly, only 20% said that their current vehicle would meet emissions standards for clean air zones and the London Ultra Low Emission Zone – these require diesel engines to meet the Euro 6 standard, and petrol-powered vans to meet Euro 4.

However, many van drivers felt that there were obstacles in their way to swapping a diesel van for an electric vehicle (EV). Almost half worried that there were not enough charging points, and four out of 10 were concerned about the range capabilities of an e-van. However, 65% travelled 50 miles or less per day – well within the capabilities of electric commercial vehicles. Furthermore, 47% felt that the purchase price of electric LCVs was too high.

Additionally, 58% of participants said a grant would help incentivise them to make the switch to an EV, while 38% said they were unaware of Government and local grants to help companies transition to all-electric vans.

To read the full report, click here

Spreading the cost

If you are thinking about investing in electric light trucks or e-vans, ePower Trucks can help. We work with finance specialists to make it easier and more cost-effective to bring electric LCVs into your business.

Commercial electric vehicles help to cut your carbon footprint and reduce air pollution – and can also bring many financial benefits to businesses. There are grants, tax breaks and incentives to help you switch, as well as significantly reduced ‘fuel’ costs.

ePower Trucks offers one of the widest ranges of road-legal electric commercial vehicles in the UK.

As an independent business, we can recommend the best vehicle to meet your specific needs. This includes the popular Alke range as well as the X-Cell series of last-mile delivery vehicles.

Click here to view our full range of road-legal electric utility trucks:

https://www.epowertrucks.co.uk/product-category/road-legal-electric-vehicles/

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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

Edwards Leisure Park Invests In 2 Glutton H20 Perfect Electric Street Cleaners

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Edwards Leisure & Caravan Park has invested in 2 all new electric Glutton Street Cleaning Vacuums for their North Wales Caravan Park.

The Glutton H₂O Perfect vacuum cleaner cleans and disinfects your venues. The Glutton® electric industrial vacuum has revolutionised the work of maintenance staff. The cleaning attendant has traded in his broom and his litter picker for a modern machine that allows them to reach higher standards while benefiting them with less stress and strain.