Imperial Logistics group company, Palletways Italia, has introduced the network’s first electric trucks, which will deliver goods to a limited traffic zone in Bologna Italy.
The zone was enforced to reduce congestion and pollution in the city centre and allows only mopeds, buses, bicycles and electric vehicles to travel through the area.
Electric Professional Mobility, a Pisa-based company, supplied the two new Nissan 3,5 t electric trucks that can travel up to 125 km with a single charge.
Rob Gittins, MD at Palletways UK, says: “This is an important moment for the Palletways Group and it demonstrates our commitment to introducing greener transport options to the logistics sector. We pride ourselves as industry leaders in terms of innovation, and I hope that in the future we can introduce electric vehicles across all of our 20 European countries.”
Albino Quaglia, MD of Palletways Italia adds: “We have seen an increasing demand from customers delivering to addresses in Bologna’s historic city centre such as restaurants and wine bars.
“The Palletways Solutions service was created to manage the express delivery of small consignments. Given the restrictions on travelling in the city centre, we had to come up with a creative solution.
“By using electric vehicles, we can access hard-to-reach areas and maintain our high level of customer service while showing a commitment to sustainability. This new investment brings us a step closer to environmental sustainability, which is a key issue – not only for Palletways Italia, but for the entire Group.”