British building materials company Tarmac has placed an order with Renault Trucks for the first battery-electric mixer truck in the UK due to be delivered this autumn.
The 26 tonne Renault Trucks E-Tech D Wide will be put to work at Tarmac’s Washwood Heath site in Birmingham, supplying essential construction materials to customers across the West Midlands.
Tarmac says that by utilising telematics information available for its fleet activity, its design team has been able to match the normal delivery profile of a truck to the indicative range of 120km and the power draw from the mixer drum in transit and discharge. The company says the truck will be able to fast charge within 1.5 – 2 hours with its 265kWh battery. The truck has come with a guarantee of up to 10 years operation.
When delivered later this year, the E-Tech D Wide will come with enhanced safety features. The batteries provide a lower centre of gravity, improving stability. Tarmac eplains that the vehicle has optimised energy consumption for loading, unloading and transit of different types of mix. This has been achieved by controlling the speed of the drum rotation by computer.
The vehicle’s design is the result of a collaboration last year through Tarmac’s Supplier Innovation challenge and Supplier Sustainability Week. This saw suppliers working to find solutions to accelerate the industry’s progress to reach net zero. Renault Trucks and Total Vehicle Solutions (TVS) aim to develop the next generation of mixers, with ambitions for their eventual widespread use across its urban operations.
Andrew Scott, head of electric mobility at Renault Trucks, said: “We’re delighted to partner with TVS Group to bring the first electric concrete mixer into the Tarmac fleet. Work began on this vehicle as part of their Supplier Innovation Challenge last year, and it is very exciting that it will soon enter service bringing a range of concrete products to Tarmac’s customers.”
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