Tarmac has placed an order with Renault Trucks for the first battery electric mixer truck in the UK, as part of the company’s net zero drive.
Due to be delivered in autumn 2022, the electric mixer will be immediately put to work at Tarmac’s Washwood Heath site in Birmingham, supplying construction materials to customers across the West Midlands.
Tarmac is currently working with Renault Trucks and Total Vehicle Solutions (TVS) to develop the next generation of mixers, with ambitions for a widespread rollout across its urban operations.
The British building materials company claims to source 100% of its site electricity from clean energy sources, which would make the new vehicle carbon neutral.
The truck will have the ability to fast charge within 1.5 – 2 hours if needed and has a 265kWh battery with a guarantee of up to 10 years operation.
‘Whole fleet transition’
John Anderson, logistics director at Tarmac, said: “This order marks the first practical step towards a whole fleet transition to electric mixers and demonstrates our commitment to lead by example as we continue to turn our net zero ambitions into actions.
“One of Tarmac’s key sustainability goals is to be at the forefront of implementing low CO2 transport and logistics solutions, and this shows us doing exactly that.”
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.
“We welcome Tarmac’s commitment to bring more fully electric vehicles into its operations, which reflects the company’s ambition to decarbonise its vehicle fleet and its confidence in Renault Trucks and TVS to bring innovative zero carbon emissions solutions into service.”
Tarmac operates one of the largest HGV fleets in the UK, and this order follows its commitment to upgrade its 2,000-strong fleet of corporate cars and vans to EVs by 2030.
Image credit: Tarmac
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