Carlsberg has taken delivery of two fully electric HGVs in a trial at its Cardiff and Thurrock distribution depots that will potentially deliver 10,000 freshly brewed pints to pubs per day.
The two fully electric Renault Trucks will be on the road by the end of July, both E-Tech D Wide models weighing in at 26 tonnes and 18 tonnes.
Carlsberg has also installed charging points at the Cardiff and Thurrock depots which will be powered by electricity from renewable sources.
The trial has the potential to see extra electric trucks introduced into Carlsberg’s existing fleet of 270 traditional vehicles in the future.
Both are supplied by Renault Trucks dealer Allports Group and financed by Renault Trucks Financial Services.
They are also backed by Renault Trucks’ battery performance promise based on typical usage, which guarantees the power available to operate these electric vehicles for up to seven years.
Sarah Perry, Vice President of Customer Supply Chain at Carlsberg Marston’s Brewing Company (CMBC) said, “We are delighted to partner with Renault Trucks in beginning our journey to introduce fully electric vehicles into our fleet.
“The pilot is the latest step towards achieving our ambition of zero carbon footprint across our value chain, as part of our Together Towards Zero sustainability programme.
“With the trucks capable of travelling up to 150 kilometres on a single charge, the urbanised areas of Cardiff and Essex are the ideal routes to test the potential of electric vehicles in our logistics network.”
Carlos Rodrigues, Managing Director of Renault Trucks UK and Ireland added, “To have one of the UK’s largest brewers make this hugely significant shift to electric vehicles, powered by clean, renewable energy, shows CMBC is acting now to advance the urgent fight against climate change.”