Norbert Dentressangle has invested in 40 hybrid drive forklift trucks in a bid to reduce its environmental footprint.
The new trucks reduce fuel consumption by over 35 per cent and will replace old forklift trucks during the upcoming year.
Following trials at the company’s Northampton, Rowley Regis and Leigh depots last year, the trucks are already operating in transport depots around the UK, such as Wakefield, Darlington, Luton and Hounslow and will be supplied to other sites across the national delivery network by the end of the year.
Simon Tebbs, procurement business partner at Norbert Dentressangle Transport Services, said: “The initial trials demonstrated that the hybrid drive trucks would deliver a significant business improvement with an average 35 per cent reduction in fuel consumption and, depending on use, some even saw a drop of almost 50 per cent.
“The outgoing trucks use 5.4 litres of fuel per hour, whereas the new model uses 2.4 litres per hour, when measured against industry VDI 2198 Standard.”