As a part of our focus to evolve HBC Logistics into a more sustainable business, yesterday we had an exciting delivery of an Electric Van to trial on the road for the week.
Today there are just over 35.1 million cars on UK roads – including 4.9 million vans. According to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), 1.1 million of these vehicles are electric, meaning one in every 32 vehicles in the country now comes with a plug. This is great news as it means there has been a significant increase in the adoption of electric commercial vehicles in the UK, with electric vans up by 67.3% and the number of zero-emission trucks has almost trebled since last year.
With this in mind, this has influenced us to explore the investment of our own range of Electric vehicles at HBC Logistics to manage the increased demand for sustainable deliveries. Therefore, we took our first step with the hire of a 100% Electric Luton Curtain Van that one of our trusted drivers will be testing for the week.
“This is great progress for HBC’s sustainability journey,” Director and Birthday Boy, Dave Northfield says. “Over the years we have seen the growth in demand for electric vehicles and logistics businesses adapt to more environmentally-friendly practices, so we are looking forward to exploring the possibility of introducing our own fleet of electric vehicles when providing our services.”
In October 2021, we partnered up with Carbon Neutral Britain to become a Certified Carbon Neutral Business. During this time, we have been working closely with the CNB team to completely offset the carbon levels of our day-to-day deliveries by offering financial support for their worldwide sustainability projects. From energy-efficient lighting in India to Reforestation in Madagascar, there is a variety of projects our efforts have supported.
In addition to this, at the end of our first year as a Carbon Neutral business, we promised to fund our own local environmental project in Biggleswade using any additional funds we raised with our Carbon Neutral feature. Whether it be supplying a new garden for a local school or investing in Biggleswade’s urban parks, HBC Logistics is proud to be a part of a community and would like to give back to the public.