Zero Emission last mile delivery service with e-Taxis and rapid chargers

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Sunderland City Council is the local authority of the City of Sunderland in Tyne and Wear, England. It is a metropolitan district council, one of five in Tyne and Wear and one of 36 in the metropolitan counties of England, and provides the majority of local government services in Sunderland.

In a drive to improve air quality, reduce congestion in the city and moving towards becoming a smart city the council has been involved with an innovative exciting project to start achieving these aims.

The Project

Electric Blue in partnership with Grid Smarter Cities are working with Sunderland City Council to introduce a last mile delivery service powered by electric vehicles (EVs) therefore helping reduce emissions in built up residential areas.

Delivery as a Service to the High street (DASH) is an initiative to introduce a zero emission last mile delivery service and is being piloted by Sunderland City Council as an Innovate funded project run by Grid, Smarter Cities. Other members of the project consortium are Gnewt Cargo, IBM and Hodos Media

Our Solution

Electric Blue delivered rapid charger infrastructure to support electric taxis and electric vans as well as providing support on supply and operation of EVs. The chargers will be powered with 100% renewable energy, as are all Electric Blue chargers.

The priority is twofold, firstly to provide clients with click and collect and delivery services from small business in Sunderland starting with market traders. For example an office can order fresh produce the previous day to be delivered the next by one of the DASH electric vans or e-Taxis. Secondly HGV’s will stop outside the city zone and cross load goods into EV’s for the last mile, thereby reducing emissions into the city centre.

Paul Walsh Sales and Marketing Director for Electric Blue commented “We are delighted to be working with Grid to make sure the Smart City solution is also a zero emissions city”.

“We are really excited about this project in my home city,which is demonstrating the benefit of not only using zero carbon vehicles to facilitate last mile deliveries, it is also creating the ability for local traders to opt-in to a home delivery service allowing them to have a digital presence across the city. It is important, as Grid showcases its simple smart solutions internationally, that technology can be an enabler for cities such as Sunderland benefitting traders, residents and the environment”

Grid Founder and CEO Neil Herron

Next steps

Trials will start at the end of the summer and we are actively working with Sunderland City Council on how to support other EV projects.

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