Milk & More, Britain’s largest milk delivery service is rolling out its quietest and most environmentally friendly delivery vehicles to date, following its purchase of 200 electric StreetScooters.
The £6.5 million investment is part of Milk & More’s strategy to secure the future of the much-loved British milkman and makes the business one of the largest operators of electric vehicles in the country.
The new fleet of electric floats is the first of its kind in the UK. Milk & More is also the first UK company to operate the StreetScooter EV van, which is currently only used in Germany by Deutsche Post.
Powered by rechargeable batteries, the StreetScooters are replacing diesel vehicles on urban roads and with Milk & More’s existing 200 electric milk floats, this means that a third of the fleet will now be electric.
Noise reduction is a key customer benefit of the new floats and a very important one, given that many of the milkmen and women deliver to customers’ homes mostly by 7am.
The StreetScooters have a 905kg payload and an eight-metre cube box, enabling the vans to carry 860 pints of milk at a time, as well as an extensive range of locally sourced products – from bacon and bread to cereals and juice.
The new floats have zero emissions and a range of up to 75 miles. Economical to run, in the first month of operation, Milk & More has seen a 90% reduction on operational fuel costs, versus the outgoing diesel vehicles.