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Call on transporters to give themselves a JOLT and participate in a trial with electric trucks

The project, called the Joint Operator Logistics Trial (JOLT), aims to develop the knowledge and models needed to reduce the risks of electric freight operations and inform operators’ investment decisions.

Operators joining the JOLT program, led by SRF, will pool operational and technical data from a fleet of rigid and articulated eHGVs used in a wide range of 3PL, retailer and manufacturer use cases.

Project Jolt will provide participating carriers with shared access to a fleet of electric vehicles and mobile chargers that will be used by each partner to conduct an agreed upon series of partner trials.

John Lewis Partnerships has already signed up as one of the pilot partners, along with Volvo Trucks UK and Flexible Power Systems, a software company specializing in fleet management optimization software for electric vehicles.

The retailer will test an electric Volvo FM 4×2 tractor, which can transport up to 42 tonnes and travel up to 300 km on a single charge.

Justin Laney, Managing Director of Central Transport at John Lewis Partnership, said: “We are delighted to be launching this important initiative, which will inform our journey beyond eliminating fossil fuels from our fleet by 2030, towards achieving a carbon-free fleet by 2035.

Specialists from Cambridge University and Heriot-Watt University will analyze and model data including vehicle and charger performance, operational efficiency and costs for as many industrial applications as possible.

Professor Philip Greening, an expert in sustainable transport and logistics at Heriot-Watt University and co-director of the Center for Sustainable Road Freight, said: “A key feature of this project is understanding how the different range and charging capabilities of electric heavy goods vehicles – as well as charging downtime – will impact the efficiency of operators and supply chains.

The trial is open to all truck drivers. Participants gain access to a shared fleet provided by OEMs or share data from their own electric vehicles.

Parties interested in participating in the Project JOLT program can email SRF on [email protected] or call Guy Grange at FPS on 01342 360240.