< All News

Launch of #MadeGreatInGrimsby electric mobile fish vans

March 23, 2023

Scores of mobile fishmongers leave the town every week, taking the key export to neighbourhoods across the country. Now work is being undertaken by the University of Lincoln’s National Centre for Food Manufacturing and the Seafood Grimsby and Humber Alliance to decarbonise the key economic driver.

It is being supported and funded by the Greater Lincolnshire Local Enterprise Partnership, the Government and Toyota UK. Vans currently used are estimated to have a carbon footprint of 2,000 tonnes of CO2 per year, and the pilot aims to reduce this for at least 10 vans.

Val Braybrooks, Dean of the National Centre for Food Manufacturing said: “We are very pleased to be working with the Seafood Grimsby and Humber Alliance and partners on the delivery of this transformational project.

“The Grimsby seafood processing cluster is the largest in the UK and makes a significant contribution to the UK agrifood industry, and it is encouraging to see it leading the way in terms of sustainability and carbon reduction.

“The NCFM will oversee the project, monitor the carbon impact and assess the cost effectiveness of the full transition to electric vehicles. In addition to this, we will be looking at innovation and knowledge exchange. This will include how the vans perform in terms of carbon reduction and economic savings and what could be done to increase the wider take-up of electric vehicles for food delivery.

“We hope that the success of this project will encourage the wider use of electric vehicles across many more food delivery businesses nationwide.”

The vans being used in the pilot are listed for sale at around £40,000, but grants and support from Greater Lincolnshire LEP and Toyota UK will see the cost reduced significantly for those looking to participate.

Halina Davies, partnerships and programmes executive manager at the Greater Lincolnshire Local Enterprise Partnership said: “The decarbonisation of the food sector and its logistics chain is a strategic priority for us, and therefore we are delighted to be adding to the suite of projects we are funding with the seafood pilot scheme.

“The Grimsby seafood processing cluster is the largest seafood processing and trading cluster in Europe, employing at least 6,000 people with a further 12,000 in the supply chain. However, the cluster is reliant on traditional diesel engine and electrical refrigeration systems which, because of rising energy costs, emissions challenges, sustainability, and carbon net zero agendas, will be under increasing pressure as the UK strives to meet its 2050 decarbonisation goals.

“We look forward to working together with our partners to take this ground-breaking project forward.”