Electric Blue is partnered with a consortium to bring a last mile delivery service, powered by electric vehicles (EVs,) to Sunderland – helping reduce harmful exhaust 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. It is being piloted by Sunderland City Council as an Innovate funded project, run by Grid, Smarter Cities. Other members of the consortium are Gnewt Cargo, IBM and Hodos Media.
Electric Blue will be supporting on provision and operation of EVs, as well as delivering the rapid charger infrastructure to support zero emission electric taxis (e-Taxis) and electric vans. The chargers will be powered with 100% renewable energy, as are all Electric Blue chargers.
The initiative has two main branches of provision. Firstly, to provide residents with click-and-collect and delivery services from small business in Sunderland, beginning with market traders. For example: an office orders fresh produce to be delivered the next day. The delivery is performed by one of the DASH electric vans or e-Taxis. Secondly, to reduced emissions within the city centre, HGVs will stop outside of the city zone to transfer goods to EVs, for their last mile of delivery.
_”We are delighted to be working with Grid to make sure this Smart City solution is also a zero emissions solution”._
Trials will start in November 2018. We are actively working with Sunderland City Council on how to support other EV projects.
_“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 benefiting traders, residents and the environment”_.