With plans underway to develop the first eFreight hub Europe and strengthen its freight fleet with the UK’s first order for battery-electric tractor units, Freight Systems Express Wales is embarking on an exciting and landmark journey of ‘green’ growth.
FSEW is a logistics and international freight forwarding company which counts Tesco, Hoover Candy Amazon and Ford amongst its customers. It currently employs c.76 people from is headquarters at Freightliner in Wentloog, Cardiff and has clients in the UK, Europe and around the world. A previous winner of the Wales Fast Growth 50 Award and Tesco Collaborative Haulier of the Year, FSEW has built on this success to drive further significant fast growth, recording 25% increase in sales to £15m in 2020 and forecasts a further 33% growth during 2021. This next stage of the company’s development takes FSEW to the next level in terms of future expansion, positioning them at the forefront of the freight forwarding sector and showcasing the success of this entrepreneurial Welsh business on a national and international platform
FSEW’s new DAF CF Electric (battery-electric tractor units) represents the company’s first major step towards its objective of switching to a fleet-wide zero-emissions transport operation. This has been achieved in collaboration with decarbonisation specialists, Egnida and DAF Trucks’ own electric vehicle experts and follows a month-long end-to-end appraisal of all aspects of FSEW’s business.
The results were used by Egnida to create a profitable low-carbon business model for FSEW to extract maximum benefits from the DAF CF Electric and provide a zero-emissions service demanded by FSEW’s own customers. Driven by their appetite for decarbonisation, the two DAF CF Electric trucks now on order form part of an ambitious plan for FSEW to replace more than 40 diesel vehicles with low-carbon alternatives. Once the two CF Electrics are bedded-in, FSEW plans to introduce a further ten vehicles to reduce its carbon emissions by more than 50% in the next nine months. The company says its longer-term aim will be to hit ‘net-zero’ in two-and-a-half years.
“FSEW has gained an unrivalled reputation for being innovative and dependable, and our latest plans demonstrate our commitment to achieving growth in a sustainable way. We want to set the industry standard and in addition to improving the green credentials of our own fleet we are also creating an e Freight hub in Cardiff which will include a low carbon fuel facility for the use of all freight providers and commercial and municipal operators, including bus and refuse lorries. This will include an innovative storage system to make the most of local renewable energy generation as well as a new maintenance and assembly centre of carbon vehicles.”