SWA on electric avenue

George Mahoney

THE Scottish Wholesale Association and Volvo Trucks are running a trial aimed at accelerating the use of electric vehicles in the sector.

The partners hope to boost EV uptake and eliminate barriers to low-carbon transport solutions in Scotland’s wholesale industry and wider food and drink sector.

Glasgow-based wholesaler JW Filshill is among several SWA members participating in the pilot, which features Volvo’s electric 19T curtainsider truck with rear tail lift.

Filshill has recently tested the truck for a fortnight to explore the feasibility of using it in its business in the future.

SWA sustainability boss Ylva Haglund said: “We are committed to supporting our members on their journey to a more environmentally sustainable future as we accelerate the transition to net zero and progress towards a circular economy.”

Garry Whitelock, of Volvo Trucks, said: “We’re looking forward to strengthening our relationship with the SWA and its members as we seek to achieve common goals on environmental targets.”

JW Filshill finance chief Keith Geddes said: “We’re very pleased to be working with the SWA and Volvo in this vehicle trial, and hope it encourages other wholesalers to do the same.”