Powys CC takes its first electric RCV

Dennis eConnect eRCV RCV Powys

In the week that a Freight in the City webinar discussed the electrification of refuse collection vehicles, in particular discussing their viability in rural operations, Powys CC, which with a population of just 130,000 spread over 1,600 square miles has one of the most sparsely populated territories in the UK, was launching its first eRCV. The Powys vehicle is a Dennis Eagle eConnect, based on the RS Elite narrow 6x2 rear-steer chassis with Olympus 19m3 body.

Among the operational trial results shown by Dennis Eagle during the webinar was a recent set from a rural operation in Cheshire, which covered 94.6 miles in 10hrs 23min of driving. In this time, it lifted 727 bins containing 13,080kg of waste, and returned to base with 15% charge remaining.

Other figures provided show that while the capital cost of an eRCV could be up to double that of a diesel vehicle, reduced fuel and maintenance costs mean the whole-life cost over a typical seven-year front-line life will be significantly reduced.

Powys has one of the highest rates of recycling and landfill avoidance in the UK. The new Dennis Eagle, only the third eRCV in Wales, will initially be based at Brecon, with plans to include the Rhayader and Abermule depots in the future.

Nigel Brinn, Powys County Council’s corporate director for economy and environment said “The introduction of the eCollect into our fleet of waste and recycling vehicles is another milestone in the council’s commitment to reduce carbon emissions. This vehicle will reduce carbon emissions by approximately 25-35 tonnes per year compared to a standard, non-electric vehicle and will help us reach the authority’s ambition to become carbon neutral by 2030.

“Following the introduction of electric vehicle charge points in many of the council’s car parks across the county last year, this is the start of our evolution towards an ultra-low emissions vehicle (ULEV) fleet that complements our innovative fleet of e-bikes used by our care workers.

“We already have an impressive recycling rate across the county, with some of our residual waste already going to an Energy from Waste (EfW) facility. With the help of our residents and communities we will be striving to increase our efforts further to meet the next Wales-wide recycling target, set by Welsh Government, in 2024-25, when we need to recycle, reuse or compost 70% of our waste. The fact that we can use a zero-emission vehicle to help us with this goal makes it all the more worthwhile.”

Warburtons has taken delivery of a fully electric Renault Trucks D ZE 16-tonner

Warburtons has taken delivery of a Renault Trucks D ZE, the first fully electric truck on its fleet.

The 16-tonner is based at the baker’s Enfield site, where it is used to deliver around 6 tonnes of bread to multiple locations across London. In addition to being exempt from the capital’s Ultra Low Emission Zone and Congestion Charge Zone, its low noise makes it ideal for urban deliveries.

The zero tailpipe emission truck, which is powered by 200kWh, 600V lithium-ion batteries, has a maximum power of 185kW and maximum torque of 425Nm. It has a range of up to 150km range on a single charge, and comes with the Renault Trucks Battery Performance Promise, which guarantees that the battery will operate for up to 10 years or deliver 250MW of energy over the vehicle’s life. The box body, with rear side door and tail lift, has been built by PPS Commercials.

Steven Gray, Warburtons national transport manager, says: “As our first 16-tonne electric truck goes on the road, we mark another important milestone in our sustainable fleet management. By using the Renault Trucks D ZE we offer our customers the same quality of service but with zero tailpipe emissions and quieter operation in urban environments.”

Carlos Rodrigues, MD Renault Trucks UK & Ireland, says: “The Renault Trucks D ZE answers today’s pressing need to improve air quality and reduce noise pollution in our cities. We are delighted that Warburtons has selected the D ZE to deliver even more sustainably for its customers, and that this first vehicle will confidently provide this service for the next 10 years.”

The truck was supplied by Renault Trucks dealer JDS Trucks & Vans, while aftersales support will be provided by local dealer Norfolk Truck & Van Enfield.