MP test-drives new Leyland Trucks EV

Highlighted by the government as a pioneer in the use of battery-electric vehicles in commercial fleets, Leyland Trucks welcomed Trudy Harrison MP, the parliamentary under secretary for the Department for Transport (DfT), to its facility.

The MP was invited to test-drive the new DAF LF Electric, a 19-tonne fully electric distribution truck, during a tour of the production facility as she learned more about the company’s plans for the zero-emission truck's rollout.

Production of the new LF Electric will play a leading role in meeting the goals of the Paris Agreement and helping drive uptake of zero-emission trucks across the UK and around the world.

Leyland Trucks is also working to ensure there is sufficient talent available for the future, having enrolled several of its technicians in a training programme to broaden their skillsets in the production and maintenance of vehicles with alternative power sources.

Brennan Gourdie, managing director at Leyland Trucks, said: “It’s been a very busy few months since we launched production of our LF Electric as we’re determined to lead the charge when it comes to the rollout of battery-electric vehicles in the commercial sector.

“We were very pleased to welcome Mrs Harrison to site, to demonstrate the ways we are preparing for a future of electric, and how we as a supplier to our clients help them meet their own green agendas, too. Mrs Harrison knew her truck history, was keen to learn about our manufacturing processes, and shared our excitement about upskilling young engineers who’ll be able to learn brand new skills to help achieve zero net carbon targets.”

The visit also coincided with the company's 125th birthday celebrations, which have been taking place across the year, and Mrs Harrison met with current and ex-local apprentices, senior members of staff to learn more about the company.

Trudy Harrison, said: "Following the recent COP26 summit, I was pleased to visit Leyland Trucks to discuss how government and UK industry can work together to decarbonise the road freight sector.

"I had the pleasure of test-driving their impressive new LF electric truck and seeing first hand this forward-thinking business lead the way as we commit to making all new HGVs zero-emission by 2040."

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