In a groundbreaking move towards net zero goals, crowds at the Royal Highland Show in Edinburgh witnessed the debut of an electric-powered timber lorry, setting a new standard for eco-friendly transportation.
The timber transport industry took a significant leap forward last week as the first-ever electric timber lorry was unveiled to an awe-struck crowd of industry experts, foresters, and curious onlookers. The event marked a milestone in sustainable transportation, with the vehicle poised to revolutionise the forestry sector.
The Minister for Green Skills, Circular Economy and Biodiversity was in attendance at the show and spent time looking at James Jones & Son’s new vehicle.
The BEV, developed by Volvo with partners in the Net Zero Timhaul project, embodies the perfect blend of power and sustainability. The vehicle is the first electric FM 4×2 in the UK and is based on the Volvo Globetrotter model. With a formidable battery range, the vehicle is expected to take 2-3 hours to charge with a DC charger.
Attendees of the Royal Highland Show were delighted to see the electric timber lorry after reading the buzz about it in the media over the last few months.
One enthusiastic member of the public said “I have been looking forward to seeing the electric timber lorry at the show and I am excited to see how it gets on compared to a diesel timber HGV”.
Another individual said they had an interest in incorporating electric vehicles into their fleet but expressed concerns about the limited availability of data to assess whether it aligns with their business needs. This demonstrator project seeks to furnish the industry with concrete evidence, enabling people to make informed decisions about the suitability of electric timber HGVs for their operations.