NGC Logistics, an Amazon Delivery Service Partner, has electrified Black Friday, 29th November, with the first parcel delivered by a 100% electric Renault Trucks Master Red EDITION Z.E. van supplied by Allports Group.
Operating out of Amazon’s Northampton Delivery Station, these 3.1 tonne Master Z.E. L2H2 panel vans, are also the first Z.E. Red EDITIONs delivered to a customer in Europe. They will provide a fully electric service to customers in Northampton and Milton Keynes undertaking the same number of deliveries as traditional diesel engine vehicles.
NGC is the first Amazon Delivery Partner in the UK to put a fully electric van into service, as Kevin Savage, Operations Director at NGC explains: “This investment into electric vans is entirely led by our customers; with Amazon clearly stating their intention to become carbon neutral and consumers becoming more aware of their impact on climate change. The need to change without slowing the supply chain or significantly increasing cost was paramount and has been achieved through cooperation with everyone involved delivering the program in time for the busiest period of the year.”
Kevin Savage continues: “With the ever-increasing demand for environmentally-friendly vehicles and the introduction of more low emission zones, we decided to not only invest in electric vehicles but also to set ourselves a challenging deadline of a Black Friday launch to market. Working with Allports and Renault Trucks has meant we have turned our electric dream in to an unbeatable Black Friday deal!”
In NGC’s striking new electric blue livery, the Master Z.E. is powered by Renault Trucks’ all electric 57kW Z.E. engine with 33kWh Lithium-ion battery and automatic gearbox, offering a range of up to 120km real world autonomy, ideal for final mile deliveries.
This is the first of four Master Z.E’s to join NGC’s mixed fleet of over 50 Renault trucks and vans, from LCVs which include Allport’s CitiLoader curtainside and EasiLoader Luton box bodied vehicles, to Range D rigids at 18 and 26 tonnes and Range T380 tractor units, plus ten trailers.
Commenting on the decision to select the Master Z.E., Ranjeet Singh, Regional Manager at NGC says: “We have a long standing relationship with Allports, having started on our journey with them to build our fleet and we have received excellent support throughout. When we set ourselves the Black Friday electric deadline, Allports was our first call. Together with Grahame Neagus at Renault Trucks, the team has pulled out all the stops to take this from project to reality.”
Graeme Wilson, Group Sales Director, Allports Group, adds: “NGC are pioneering the transformation of this sector, we are proud that they selected Allports to supply their first electric vehicles and we are delighted to have been able to meet their Black Friday deadline. In fact, this is a great time of year to put the new Master Z.E. through its paces, as colder weather and shorter daylight hours means lights and heating is switched on. We’re pleased to report that the Z.E.’s range is performing well in these conditions and we look forward to working with NGC to support their sustainability strategy.”
For Grahame Neagus, Head of LCV Renault Trucks UK & Ireland, electromobility is the answer to the challenges of air quality and noise pollution in urban areas: “Today Renault Trucks can offer a complete range of 100% electric vehicles, from 3.1 to 26 tonnes – cleaner, safer, more efficient vehicles with proven performance.”
Grahame Neagus continues: “The Master Z.E. is perfectly suited to NGC’s final mile deliveries. As we move to a lower carbon economy, our electric vehicles will drive the future, not only improving air quality and efficiency, but also enabling noise-free out of hours deliveries to reduce congestion.”