Cambridgeshire-based family business, Welch’s Transport, has taken delivery of a Renault Trucks E-Tech D Wide 4×2 curtainside rigid, the first fully electric HGV on its fleet.  

The new 19 tonne E-Tech D Wide has been selected for the first Net Zero delivery service in Cambridge and is running between 100 to 160 miles a day. 

Welch’s Transport also worked with Renault Trucks commercial partner, Allports Group, to install a 150kw supercharger at its site in Duxford, the first publicly accessible HGV charging point in the UK.

This enables the vehicle to triple run across a 24-hour period.

The truck features a Bevans curtainside body and Dhollandia 2 tonne slider taillift and is powered by 265 kWh E-Tech traction batteries with four battery packs of 66kW each located in the wheelbase.

In addition, it is specified with Global Cab, adjustable roof deflector, ENXL trailer curtains, comes with a five-year subscription to Renault Trucks’ Optifleet telematics system and benefits from a full repair and maintenance contract.

Chris Welch, Director of Welch’s Transport, said, “The arrival of our new electric Renault Trucks E-Tech D Wide will help the City Council and businesses in the city centre realise their Net Zero climate ambitions. 

“Multi-national transport and logistics companies must account for vehicle range and available charging infrastructure when plotting out electric vehicle routes for cities like Cambridge, and we are ideally positioned to integrate fully electric vehicles into our fleet due to the prime location depot in Duxford and our newly installed charging station.”


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