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.

MAN's Modification Centre completes huge British Military vehicle upgrade


MAN’s Manchester Modification Centre has completed a vehicle modification programme of 382 vehicles for the British Military’s Logistic Corps.

The Modification Centre had to install and integrate a new pallet and container loading system (Enhanced Palletised Load System - EPLS) onto the HX trucks which were delivered to the MoD under a separate contract in 2005.

A new team of more than 40 technicians were recruited for the contract period of 32 months and once stripped down each of the 382 vehicles were re-engineered and fitted with a 2,500 component ‘retrofit’ kit to allow them to load both standardised 20-foot containers and their pallet loading system.

Thomas Hemmerich, CEO MAN Truck & Bus UK, said; “The EPLS re-engineering project has been a huge success for MAN Truck & Bus UK. Throughout the process and the constantly changing uncertainties of Covid-19 pandemic, the entire team has remained professional and focussed and their commitment is a testament to the capabilities we have and can offer our customers.

“The final vehicle, EPLS 382, was delivered back to the MoD on the 18th March 2021 meeting the contract completion date, which in the current climate is a huge achievement for all parties involved and something we should all be proud of.”