Fox Group charge into being UK's first Volvo FE Electric tipper operator

George Barrow
June 19, 2022

Fox Group has added two new Volvo FE Electric tippers onto its fleet becoming the first operator in the UK to run the model.

Based at the company’s Leyland depot, a charging infrastructure has been installed to support the trucks as well as staff cars.

Supplied by dealer Thomas Hardie Commercials, who worked closely with Fox Group to determine the optimal specification for the vehicles, Volvo’s Electric Range Simulator was used to make considerations about the customer’s operation, including payload, routes, driving hours and charging infrastructure in order to ensure their suitability for the role.

Paul Fox, Fox Group MD, said: “This purchase marks the start of the electrification of our fleet. We understand we are the first company in the UK to invest in electric tippers – and one of the first in Europe.

“We are strongly committed to playing our part in the UK’s push to reach net zero and we will be making more of our fleet electric in the future. This milestone is just the beginning of the journey, and we believe if the country is serious about substantially reducing carbon emissions, the construction sector needs to join the party – and we are proud to be playing our part and leading from the front.

Both Volvo FE Electric 6x2 rigids are plated at 27 tonnes – 1-tonne more than a standard three-axle rigid – to help offset the additional weight of the batteries. Mounted with Thompsons tipper bodywork, they will operate primarily on local contracts for customers such as Lancashire County Council, moving materials to and from construction sites, before returning to base each night to be recharged.

The trucks also have day cabs, full air suspension and a hydraulically-steered rear axle and have a range of around 150km on a full charge – taking into account PTO usage.

  • The official handover of this truck will take place at 12.30pm on Thursday 30 June on Volvo Trucks’ Road Transport Expo stand Register now for FREE

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George Barrow

George Barrow has been writing about nearly anything with wheels for the past 15 years, starting off his career in the car industry and ending up in commercial vehicles via a brief detour to cover technology, science and start-ups. Often found behind the wheel of a new product, his real interest lies in the business side of the automotive industry. George is the UK jury member of the International Van of the Year and International Pick-Up Award.

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