Dr William Clark, Forestry Transport and Innovation Advisor for Scottish Forestry, visited our Lockerbie site this week. We had discussions around sustainable timber haulage and what infrastructure is required for the successful expansion in the use of EVs throughout the forest industry supply chain, stemming from our first-hand experience at Lockerbie. We also discussed the existing and future growth opportunities for rural employment in southwest Scotland within the forest sector, based on a range of traditional and new technologies that utilise the available commercial softwood timber in this region.

To date, the EV lorry, being leased from Volvo UK and supported by Scottish Forestry, has been a great success and is providing invaluable data on the use of this technology in the field. Monitoring will continue in respect of range, electricity use and other outputs through various applications over the next two years.