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NHS Supply Chain trials hybrid vehicle

Tuesday 22 April 2008

Alfreton, Derbyshire – UK / April 2008

NHS Supply Chain, the 10-year partnership between the Department of Health and DHL, today unveiled a new hybrid vehicle at the Commercial Vehicle Show in Birmingham. The vehicle is being tested in the UK to forge new progress in sustainable fleet management.

The 7.5 tonne truck, with electric tail lift, a diesel engine and an electric motor, is powered by an onboard battery, which in turn is charged by excess energy from the diesel engine, and energy generated when braking. The vehicle is expected to save around 30 percent on fuel consumption and is particularly well suited to the 'stop start' urban environments in which many delivery vehicles operate. The vehicle represents a substantial commitment to a sustainable future for the NHS contract.

Andy Austin, Head of Transport at NHS Supply Chain, comments: “This vehicle is the first step towards a future of going above and beyond our responsibilities in the supply chain sector. As a business we are committed to reducing our carbon footprint as far as possible, and for us that clearly starts with innovation in how we run our fleet of vehicles. We are looking forward to taking further steps toward a sustainable future and working to achieve UK Government sustainability targets.”

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About NHS Supply Chain

NHS Supply Chain, operated by DHL, provides modern and resilient supply chain services to over 600 NHS trusts and private healthcare providers. As agent of the NHS Business Services Authority, and governed by the Department of Health, its teams help trusts make their resources go further, and focus on delivering quality patient care. NHS Supply Chain can manage the entire tender process, including Official Journal of European Union processes, and act as single point of contact between trusts and suppliers.

Key services include:

  • procurement
  • supplier
  • logistics
  • Supply Chain consultancy services
  • patient services.

All underpinned by world-class IT and ecommerce. The range of 600,000 in-scope products support the patient pathway: diagnosis, intervention and patient care:

  • theatres
  • nursing
  • food and facilities (including office equipment)
  • clinical markets
  • capital equipment

Based in Alfreton, Derbyshire, UK, the business employs around 2,400 staff in eight locations. For further information, visit

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