Renault Trucks builds first construction-ready EV

Renault Trucks is in the process of building its first electric truck dedicated to the construction sector.

Plant hire specialist, the Noblet Group will take delivery of the first D Wide ZE fitted with a Jocquin tipper body and Hiab X HiPro 142-E crane. Fitted with four 66 kWh batteries, the electric truck will use its onboard power to operate the crane and tipping gear without CO2 emissions or noise.

Destined for operations in the Greater Paris region, the D Wide ZE is capable of taking a rapid charge of up to 150kW which will recharge the batteries in less than two hours.

Custom Glass opts for new Atego fleet

Custom Glass has taken delivery of six 7.5-tonne Mercedes-Benz Atego trucks with box bodies.

The Liverpool-based operator opted for Atego 816 with ClassicSpace cabs and 156hp engines.

The order comes off the back of completion of a new production facility after its premises at Knowsley Industrial Park were badly damaged by fire. The vehicles were ordered in order to to help deliver the increased volumes of glass that are now being produced at Custom Glass’s new facility.

Specified with box bodies with internal glass-carrying frails from Truckcraft Bodies, of Stalybridge, Greater Manchester they replace four 7.5-tonne Atego glass-carriers with the two others being additions to the 16-strong Atego fleet along with an Actros tractor unit and Mercedes-Benz Sprinter vans.

Custom Glass MD Jeff Hooson said: “The fact that our trucks have bespoke bodies means that if one breaks down it’s very difficult to hire or buy a replacement at short notice. That’s why we’ve come to depend on the Atego, which leads the field in terms of reliability and longevity.”