Ford vans used for sustainable delivery trial at Billingsgate Market

Date: Thursday, July 28, 2022   |   Author: Sean Keywood

A sustainable delivery trial using Ford vans is being carried out at London’s Billingsgate Market.

The trial, which launched in March, involves 40 market traders pooling deliveries using a shared fleet of seven connected, refrigerated vans, including an electric E-Transit model.

It is being held through a partnership between Ford Pro, the City of London Corporation, and DHL Supply Chain.

To date, the trial is said to have resulted in an estimated 37% reduction in CO2 emissions from deliveries, with almost 950 fewer vehicle journeys. As well as the environmental benefits, the trial is also said to have reduced costs and improved efficiencies for participating businesses.

City of London Corporation policy chairman Chris Hayward said: “Our historic wholesale markets have been serving Londoners for hundreds of years. But to face up to the climate challenge, we cannot continue with business as usual.

“This pilot has proved that using different modes of delivery not only reduces emissions and traffic, but can also offer a better service to both our market traders and their customers.”

DHL Supply Chain UK and Ireland GoGreen lead Tutu Akinkoye said: “We’re delighted with the results of the trial, which support our approach to not only ‘burn clean’ through the use of sustainable alternative fuels and drivetrains, but ‘burn less’ by reducing the energy and fuel consumption of our operations.

“We’re equally delighted with our engagement with the traders and partners, and the future direction that this strategic project offers customers of London’s wholesale markets – the wide choice of goods, the range of delivery options, and the more sustainable way in which products will reach the restaurants, wholesalers and consumers in and around the London area.

“Most exciting of all is the solution is replicable in other cities facing similar challenges, both in the UK and globally.”

Ford Pro in Europe general manager Hans Schep said: “Bringing our expertise to bear alongside that of City of London and DHL Supply Chain has clearly shown how Ford Pro’s software-driven, sustainable solutions are solving problems for our customers – in this case helping the historic fish market combine its deliveries for greater efficiency and to help reduce congestion.”



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