MWI Animal Health, which supplies more than 3,000 veterinary practices across the UK with pharmaceuticals, equipment and consumables, has become the first company in the UK’s animal health sector to own and operate an electric delivery vehicle.

The company's new van has a range of 146 miles before it needs recharging, and it can be recharged to 80% within 40 minutes.

That puts 60% of MWI's customers within range of its distribution centre in Stoke-on-Trent, including those in Manchester and Birmingham. 

As part of its drive to establish more sustainable operations, MWI has also launched a pilot with one of its corporate customers in which they reduce the number of deliveries made per week – adopting a two or three-day a week delivery system.

The company says that since January, that has resulted in 700,000 fewer vehicle miles.

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