Truck and Track Spring 2024

Truck and Track Spring 2024 36 PALLET NETWORKS It’s an “Electric” Start to 2024 for United Pallet Network Sustainability Boost - SmartFREIGHT Launch - Five New Members It’s been a hugely busy start to 2024 for United Pallet Network (UPN). Several key announcements have set a strong foundation for ongoing business growth throughout the year. Sustainability Boost There’s been a big boost to the UPN Sustainability Commitment at the start of this year. Highly valued founder member of UPN, Leeds based Farsley Transport who serve West Yorkshire for the network, are the first company in Yorkshire to go electric. “We’re really proud to be the first company in Yorkshire to get an articulated Volvo EV on a fleet”, said Neil Chappelow – Farsley Transport Founder Owner “The primary reason we’ve introduced it is to show that we’re going green, and are actively looking at ways to reduce our carbon footprint including having an electric truck on the road. But it’s also about building awareness. It’s not only about us contributing to the climate change challenge but encouraging others to do so too.” “It’s not an easy task in our industry but we’re taking positive steps. It will lower our emissions. If it can work for us then it can work for other hauliers too.” The new Volvo Electric FM is driven by three electric motors, with a continuous overall output of 490kW (666hp). This goes through a 12-speed I-Shift automated gearbox to a 12-tonne drive axle. It carries a total of 540kWh of power in six batteries, three of which are mounted on each side of the 3,900mm chassis, giving a total range of up to 300km. “Our new Volvo Electric FM seals our commitment to supporting a more sustainable and greener future for our industry. We are very proud to be leading the way to reduce our carbon footprint and this is just the first milestone in our sustainability journey. The future is Green, the future is Farsley!” On the manufacturer’s advice, Farsley are using a Volvo supplied 50kW CCS connection to recharge the vehicle, which takes it from 20% to 80% in around 9 hours. SmartFREIGHT Launch In January, UPN launched — SmartFREIGHT – which it believes is now the most extensive range of pallet size options available within the sector. “UPN SmartFREIGHT is a leap forward in convenience, flexibility and excellence for service users”, said UPN MD David Brown. “At UPN, we understand that the right size and fit matter, whether it’s small freight or oversized cargo. That’s why, for 2024, we’ve expanded our pallet freight shipping options to now offer six pallet footprint choices together with a range of OOG (Out of Gauge) and XL options.” New to the SmartFREIGHT “family”, and targeting a clear market niche, is the “Quarter Plus Pallet” with a maximum base of 1.2 metres by 1.2 metres, a height limit of 1.1 metres, and a weight cap of 400 kilos. The new Quarter Plus Pallet complements the already comprehensive SmartFREIGHT range of options. UPN MD David Brown Neil Chappelow, Farsley Transport MD (right) takes delivery of the Volvo FM electric