Econ Engineering launches a 19-tonne zero-tailpipe-emissions demountable chassis that can be used all-year-round

Commercial Motor
May 25, 2023

Econ Engineering has launched a new electric gritter truck designed for year-round operation.

The 19-tonne Volvo FE Electric 4x2, which is the first model in the Yorkshire-based company’s 'Econ Zero' range, features a range of demountable body options, allowing it to seamlessly switch between fleet roles while maintaining zero-tailpipe emissions. This flexibility is possible due to Econ's innovative Electric Quick Change Body (E-QCB) system. Developed in-house, the E-QCB utilises hydraulic rams to enable the vehicle to switch between demountable bodies in just 15 minutes, all controlled by a single operator. This system allows for the supply of different bodywork options, including a gritter body for winter maintenance, a tipper body for highway maintenance, or a cage tipper for refuse collection and recycling.

The truck was a close collaboration between Econ Engineering's R&D team, product specialists from Volvo Trucks UK & Ireland, and supplying dealer Crossroads Truck & Bus.

Jonathan Lupton, MD at Econ Engineering, said: “The vehicle operates best in urban environments, where daily mileage is typically less than some longer distance motorway routes. As it is easy to switch body types with this model, customers can benefit from operating the vehicle all year-round. We are committed to continuing to evolve our Econ Zero range, and other renewable energy innovations, as the UK’s infrastructure develops in support of this.”

The FE Electric, which has a recharging time of just 2.3 hours with a 150kW DC charger, has a range of 150 miles. It features two electric motors and a 2-speed gearbox,

Christian Coolsaet, MD of Volvo Trucks UK & Ireland, praised the collaboration, emphasising the importance of achieving net zero emissions in all sectors, including winter maintenance.


  • Volvo Trucks will be exhibiting at this year’s Road Transport Expo, which takes place at Stoneleigh NAEC on June 28-30. It’s FREE to attend, andregistrations are now open. In addition to seeing its range of zero-tailpipe-emission trucks, you will also have the opportunity to drive or be driven in one on public roads.

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