Renault Trucks has supplied Enfield Council with the first of an order for four electric refuse collection vehicles, with the remainder arriving before the summer. The trucks are E-Tech D Wide 27-tonne rear-steer 6x2s, with low entry cabs. They will be used for household collections within the north London Borough, on daily rounds of around 50 miles.
They are equipped with Titan refuse bodies from CP Davidson. The E-Techs’ pack of four lithium-ion batteries will be charged at Enfield’s Civic Centre and the council’s Morson Road Depot. Their twin AC motor drivelines deliver a maximum peak power of 370kW and continuous power of 260kW, with a maximum torque output of 850Nm The trucks will be maintained on a full R&M contract by Renault Trucks’ dealer Norfolk Truck & Van at its Enfield branch.
The order also includes five E-Tech Master 33kWh 3.5-tonners, four with cage tipper bodies for Enfield Council’s parks department, and one converted to a service van for its fleet services operation, providing on-site repairs and servicing for its own fleet and commercial customers.
Councillor Rick Jewell, the council’s cabinet member for environment, said: “Where possible, electric vehicles will be our first choice when it comes to fleet replacements. This will result in a fleet of clean and efficient vehicles. Moving to electric vehicles will ensure our carbon footprint is reduced and kept to a minimum. Enfield Council has been working in partnership with Renault Trucks UK for more than a year on the development of the electric refuse truck. Prototypes went through extensive testing and road trials right here in Enfield. We were extremely happy with how the vehicles performed in our waste collection operations, demonstrating high performance and reliability, even along our longer routes, and very good battery life. This performance is critical for a large, busy, London borough.”
Renault 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, and registrations are now open.