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NHS Supply Chain trials revolutionary prototype hybrid vehicle

The 14 tonne series hybrid electric truck.

Monday 17 June 2013

NHS Supply Chain has commenced a trial of a prototype series¹ hybrid vehicle - the first of its kind in the UK.

Conceived by DHL’s GoGreen and Engineering teams, and developed with UK hybrid and electric vehicle drive specialists; Magtec, the hybrid electric truck features an on-board power generator plus an innovative super capacitor energy storage system. The ground breaking design has the potential to achieve significant cost savings as well as reduce fuel consumption and carbon emissions by up to 25%.

The 14 tonne vehicle is being trialled around London as part of the NHS Supply Chain contract. From the outside the truck looks the same as any other, but it’s inside where the changes can be seen. The gearbox has been replaced by three buttons: forward, reverse and neutral, which is all that’s needed to drive the vehicle. The regenerative braking system makes the truck particularly suitable for city traffic. Andy Grant, who is an NHS Supply Chain driver with 25 years driving experience, was very impressed with the vehicle says, “It was a really smooth and responsive drive and the cabins are designed for comfort which enhances the driver experience.”

The vehicle represents a substantial commitment to a sustainable future for the NHS Supply Chain and the impact this will have for our customers. If the trial proves successful and the truck generates higher savings than existing parallel² hybrid vehicles, the new technology could play a major role in preserving our future.

¹ A series hybrid has two power sources linked together in a series. The output of the first power source feeds into the input of the second. Only one power source is directly connected to the vehicle’s transmission.
² A parallel hybrid has two power sources connected, through the transmission, to the drive wheels. Each power source may supply some or all of the power needed by the vehicle at any particular moment.

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NHS Supply Chain is operated by DHL as Agent of the NHS Business Services Authority. It supports the National Health Service (NHS) and other healthcare organisations in England and Wales by providing end to end supply chain solutions.

The organisation was formed in 2006 from the NHS Logistics Authority and parts of the NHS Purchasing and Supply Agency (NHS PASA). NHS Supply Chain aims to provide over £1 billion of savings to the NHS by 2016.

NHS Supply Chain manages the sourcing, delivery and supply of healthcare products and food for over 1,000 NHS trusts and healthcare organisations. It provides a single point of access to over 600,000 products ranging from bandages to sutures, from gloves to implants, and even diagnostic equipment such as MRI scanners.

Its management of the procurement process negates an NHS organisation’s need to tender through the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU). Costs can also be reduced through its one-route solution that consolidates all products onto one invoice and delivery – this saves up to £1* per product in back office administration costs and removes up to 40 deliveries going into a trust compared with ordering goods separately. (*source: NHS Supply Chain 2009 value proposition study with Southampton NHS trust)

To ensure that its products are fit for today’s healthcare market, NHS Supply Chain works with suppliers of all sizes to ensure its range embraces high quality and innovative products; and engages with clinicians, the Department of Health and academic institutions to make sure that it is aware of the current requirements and latest developments in clinical practice.

NHS Supply Chain’s product areas include:

  • Theatres
  • Dental
  • Audiology
  • Catering, including food
  • Infection control
  • Orthopaedics
  • Rehabilitation
  • Capital equipment, including finance and maintenance.

Based in Alfreton, Derbyshire, UK, the business employs around 2,400 staff in ten locations.

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