Waste recycling specialist Recycling Lives has taken delivery of the UK’s first two 100% electric 18 tonne Renault Trucks D Wide Z.E. skip loaders.
The vehicles, which join the firm’s specialist skip recycling fleet, will be located at the 15-acre Recycling Park in Preston, employed in daily operations servicing commercial and household clients.
Recycling Lives worked with Renault Trucks to co-design the bespoke electric skip loader vehicle and the decision to purchase them follows the successful trial of a 16 tonne D Z.E. demonstrator in July.
They are backed by Renault Trucks’ battery performance promise, which guarantees the power available to operate electric vehicles for up to ten years, and come on a seven-year contract hire deal including repair and maintenance.
The 3900mm wheelbase vehicles are specified with four 66 kWh battery packs giving an operating range on a single charge of up to 150km throughout its operation.
Gerry Marshall, Recycling Lives’ CEO, said, “A significant driver for our business is innovation.
“These vehicles are an industry first, and they’ll be a standard element of our fleet over time.
“The vehicles have been specifically designed for us to deliver optimum operational efficiencies, and it was critical for us that we partner with an international organisation that matches our values and our ambitions.
“A fundamental aspect of moving over to an electric fleet was that our innovations will provide environmental benefits to our customers too.
“We’re committed to minimising our impact on the environment as the company evolves to offer more circular economy solutions. Replacing our transport fleet with electric vehicles and more sustainable fuel solutions is vital in that transition.”