24 Feb Milk & More strikes deal with LDV and is set to become one of the biggest electric fleet operators in the UK
The milk float is back with gusto – electrically-powered gusto
The country’s largest doorstep delivery service, Milk & More, is set to become one of the largest operators of electric vehicle (EV) vans in the UK following a significant investment in manufacturer LDV’s flagship EV, the EV80.
Milk & More is rolling out 159 zero-emission vans from LDV UK & Ireland, taking its fleet of electric vehicles to just over 500, by the end of September 2019.
Owned by SAIC Maxus and distributed in the London area by Heathrow LDV, the EV80 fleet of new electric vehicles is the latest example of Milk & More’s commitment to reducing its environmental footprint.
The EV80 boasts a 120-mile range on a single charge and, thanks to its high-capacity lithium battery, can be fully charged in less than 90 minutes.
The van model is the first fully-electric vehicle launched as part of Heathrow LDV’s range of commercial vehicles and will be used to deliver milk in glass bottles, as well as over 200 daily essentials to people’s doorsteps in time for breakfast.
The EV80, which is Ultra Low Emission Zone compliant and designed for urban driving, will ensure that Milk & More not only reduces its emissions, but also helps to prevent noise during early-morning deliveries.
Andrew Kendall, Deputy CEO for Milk & More, said: “We are proud to have one of the largest fleets of electric vehicles in the country. Our new LDV electric vehicles represent our commitment to transforming the great British milkman into a modern, convenient delivery service which has a sustainable, environmentally friendly proposition at its heart.”
Mark Barrett, General Manager of LDV UK & Ireland said of the deal: “Doorstep milk delivery is seeing a revival as people look to be more sustainable by buying their milk in reusable glass bottles.
“Milk & More is a company that prides itself on looking to the future and creating a greener business model.
“As such, the brand’s ethos is in line with LDV’s vision for the future and we are thrilled to be able to provide Milk & More with a fleet of EV80s, which will help to future-proof our business.”
The investment in 159 EV80 vans by Milk & More is the latest in a string of deals secured by LDV.
Market-leading companies including Unitmovements Ltd, Royal Mail and Nottingham City Council have also invested in the model in recent months, a testament to van’s power, range, and value-for-money.
Notes to Editors
SAIC, the name behind LDV, is the largest automotive company in China. A Fortune Global 500 listed company, SAIC produces almost seven million vehicles each year. In the UK, Ireland and the other right-hand drive markets in Europe, LDV Vans are distributed by one of the industry’s most respected automotive distributors, the Harris Group. Following the relaunch of the LDV brand in 2016, Harris has built a strong dealer network across the UK, including the team at Heathrow LDV. For more information on LDV’s electric vehicles visit www.myldv.co.uk.
About the EV80
The EV80 is the first in a new generation of cleaner, alternative fuel vehicles and offers energy efficiency, stronger power, an enhanced eco-friendly performance and most importantly, zero emissions for greener motoring.
For drivers, the EV80 features Digital Intelligent CVT, which adjusts the torque and output power of the motor under different conditions to create a smooth driving experience.
Currently, LDV is one of very few Original Equipment Manufacturers in the UK that can arrange immediate delivery of a large size EV van, EV panel van, minibus, chassis cab and crew variant, regardless of order number.