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Welch’s Transport collaborates with University of Cambridge for transition to low-carbon freight operations





Welch’s Transport has embarked on a collaboration with Syselek and the University of Cambridge to develop a data-sharing platform that enables transport depots to efficiently share charging infrastructure.

The project, ENROUTE, is backed by Innovate UK. By using real-time data exchange and collaboration among stakeholders, including fleet operators, charging point operators, and energy providers, ENROUTE enhances operational efficiency, reduces costs, and promotes sustainability.

Chris Welch, managing director at Welch's Transport, checks out a Volta 7.5tn electric truck
Chris Welch, managing director at Welch's Transport, checks out a Volta 7.5tn electric truck

The vision of ENROUTE is built on a foundation of innovation and collaboration, with consortium members including Duxford-based logistics company Welch’s Transport, innovative transport technologies company Syselek, and the University of Cambridge. Together, they are developing a model that not only enhances operational efficiencies but also prioritises environmental sustainability.

Their primary goals include mapping the existing landscape to identify opportunities for data sharing, building a robust business case that outlines the economic and environmental benefits, and implementing a proof-of-concept to showcase the practical viability of their approach.

Chris Welch, managing director at Welch’s Transport, with Net Zero EV lorry at the company’s Duxford depot Picture: Matthew Power Photography
Chris Welch, managing director at Welch’s Transport, with Net Zero EV lorry at the company’s Duxford depot          Picture: Matthew Power Photography

The project addresses the urgent need for a scalable, efficient solution to support the transition to low-carbon freight operations, focusing on real-time data sharing across the value chain to facilitate better decision-making and improve overall fleet efficiency.

“Through the ENROUTE project, we are setting a new standard in logistics innovation,” said Chris Welch, managing director of Welch’s Transport.

Chris Welch, managing director at Welch's Transport, checks out a Volta 7.5tn electric truck
Chris Welch, managing director at Welch's Transport, checks out a Volta 7.5tn electric truck

“Our commitment to integrating cutting-edge data-sharing technology not only enhances operational efficiencies but also significantly advances our sustainability goals.

“At Welch’s Transport, we are excited to lead the way in demonstrating that environmental responsibility and business success go hand in hand in the modern freight and logistics landscape.”



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