A delivery service based in Bicester is trialling a fully electric HGV truck as it aims to reduce its carbon footprint.

Darcica Logistics is testing a 16-tonne Volta Zero fully-electric vehicle for its pallet network deliveries and collections in and around Oxfordshire.

The trial comes as Darcica explores larger electric vehicle options.

thisisoxfordshire: The 16-tonne truck is fully electricThe 16-tonne truck is fully electric (Image: Darcica)

Currently, the company's fleet includes 3.5 tonne vans, 7.5 and 18 tonne HGVs, and 44 tonne artics.

However, the firm's initial move towards electrification with four Maxus eDeliver9 electric vans has proved successful.

Oxford, the only net-zero city in the UK and a significant service area for Darcica, has been area in which these electric vehicles have been primarily used.

The switch to a zero-emissions truck had been delayed due to financial difficulties at Volta's end.

But, with the company has been bought since the end of last year and the trial is now back on track.

The Volta Zero is the world's first purpose-built 16-tonne electric truck, and aims to "revolutionise commercial vehicle operations and deliver a next-generation driving experience".

It boasts zero tailpipe emissions, reduced noise levels and is equipped with sensors and cameras to enhance vehicle safety and mobility.

Anthony Tattersall, Darcica’s owner and director said: "We do about 100 miles a day and go to two hubs, Birmingham and London, so the mileage we're doing is well within the capabilities of an electric vehicle.

"We believe it will have a 200km range and hold about 10-12 pallets.

"It will be interesting to see how the Volta Zero performs during our trial period in terms of capacity and charging times, as well as the overall drive and manoeuvrability experience."

In addition to deliveries and collections, Darcica provides fulfilment and storage services.

The company employs 27 full-time staff in Bicester and more than 80 self-employed personnel at its Reading and Swindon sites.

It says it offers "swift and reliable transport" for goods and that it is "dedicated to minimising" its environmental impact.

Darcica is a member of the Palletways UK network and has delivered more than 30,000 pallets in the last year alone.

It is one of more than 120 independent transport providers that are part of the network.

They benefit from shared expertise and resources from within the group to deliver consignments of palletised freight to market faster and more cost-effectively.

The Palletways Group consists of more than 450 depots and has 20 hub operations through which it provides collection and distribution services across 24 European countries.