Tesco is rolling out its first 18 tonne 100% electric truck, a Renault Trucks E-Tech D Wide, that is eligible to operate in the capital’s Ultra Low Emission Zone and Congestion Charge Zone without incurring charges.
The new refrigerated electric truck is currently delivering from Tesco’s Dagenham distribution centre to more than 400 stores in Greater London, with further EVs planned to enter service in the coming months.
It features Carrier TRS Syberia 11 refrigeration equipment with power converter and is powered directly from the vehicle batteries via Renault Trucks’ 600v TVJB Fridge power supply unit.
The 6.4m refrigerated body from Solomon Commercials, with rear shutter door and 1500kg column tail lift, is also built to Tesco’s specification.
Powered by 265kWh, 600V lithium-ion batteries – four battery packs of 66 kW each, located in the wheelbase – it delivers maximum power of 370kW peak, continuous power of 260kW and maximum torque of 425Nm.
The D Wide E-Tech will recharge at Tesco’s newly installed electric charge points at its Dagenham distribution centre.
Aftersales support for the E-Tech D Wide is provided by Renault Truck Commercials Essex and funded by Renault Trucks Financial Services on a full service lease.
Jason Tarry, Tesco UK and ROI CEO said, “We all want to see improved air quality and less pollution in our towns and cities, and electric vehicles will play a crucial role in achieving this.
“The Tesco distribution network is one of the largest in the UK and provides us with a great opportunity to roll out new technologies like this industry-leading E-Tech electric truck from Renault Trucks.”