The UK’s leading supermarket chain Tesco is to take delivery of the county’s first commercial fully electric heavy freight articulated trucks.

Two 37 tonne DAF trucks will carry food and other products from Wentloog rail terminal outside Cardiff to Tesco’s distribution centre at Magor, near Newport, in partnership with international freight forwarding company FSEW.

At around 30 miles each way, the Wentloog – Magor journey is said to be “an ideal location to understand the potential and range of these lorries for use throughout the UK and elsewhere in Tesco’s fleet”.

The two trucks will replace around 65,000 diesel-powered miles and remove more than 87 tonnes of CO2 per year. The lorries, which should have a real-world range of 100 miles, will use charging infrastructure installed by FSEW.

Tesco CEO Jason Tarry said, “Tesco’s distribution network is one of the largest in the UK and plays an important role in our efforts to become net zero in our own operations by 2035. We’ve already made progress by starting our switch to electric home delivery vans and rolling out electric vehicles charging points for our customers. I’m excited that Tesco can also lead the way in electric haulage innovation, helping to tackle this last source of road transport emissions with the support of FSEW.”

Tesco is also aiming to achieve net-zero emissions in its own operations by 2035, while FSEW is working to replace more than 40 diesel vehicles with low-carbon alternatives and switch to fleet-wide zero-emission transport operations by 2025.

“This is a landmark day for us here at FSEW, representing a major step forward in our commitment to providing zero-emissions transport freight services,” says Geoff Tomlinson, FSEW Managing Director.

“Together we are working to create a cleaner and greener logistics experience. This is transformational for the UK’s commercial and retail industries and is just the start of our work to supply electric heavy freight vehicles to customers such as Tesco.”

“Setting the industry standard is important to us,” he continues, “which is why we also have plans underway to create an eFreight hub in Cardiff which will include a low carbon fuel facility for the use of all freight providers and commercial and municipal operators.”