Carlsberg Marston brings two fully electric Renault Trucks onto fleet for urban deliveries

Hayley Tayler
April 9, 2023

Carlsberg Marston’s Brewing Company (CMBC) is introducing two fully electric Renault Trucks to its fleet as part of its 'Together Towards ZERO' sustainability strategy.

The vehicles, which are both E-Tech D Wide models weighing in at 26 tonnes and 18 tonnes, will be on the road by the end of this month.

They will operate out of the company’s Cardiff and Thurrock (Essex) distribution depots and can deliver 10,000 freshly brewed pints to pubs per day.

Carlsberg's move to two fully electric-powered vehicles will see the brewer replace up to around 19,000 diesel-fuelled road miles per vehicle per year.

The partnership with Renault Trucks is a proof-of-concept trial, and if successful, has potential to see additional electric trucks introduced into CMBC’s existing fleet of 270 traditional vehicles in the future.

For drivers, the cleaner, quieter electric engines reduce noise and vibrations in the cab for a more comfortable working environment. And as the vehicles are almost silent, they reduce road noise in urban areas and can therefore be used during unconventional hours.

CMBC has also installed charging points at the Cardiff and Thurrock depots which will be powered by electricity from renewable sources.

Sarah Perry, vice president of customer supply chain at Carlsberg Marston’s Brewing Company, said: “With the trucks capable of travelling up to 150km on a single charge, the urbanised areas of Cardiff and Essex are the ideal routes to test the potential of electric vehicles in our logistics network.

"This launch is potentially transformational to us as a brewer and logistics operator, but also in terms of helping pubs to build back greener after the pandemic.”

Carlos Rodrigues, MD of Renault Trucks UK and Ireland, added: “At Renault Trucks, we share CMBC’s ambitions for a net zero future, and we are proud CMBC have selected the E-Tech D Wide to deliver its beer more sustainably.

"To have one of the UK’s largest brewers make this hugely significant shift to electric vehicles, powered by clean, renewable energy, shows CMBC is acting now to advance the urgent fight against climate change.

“We look forward to more organisations joining us in the coming months and years as companies take the necessary steps we must all embrace to achieve net zero.”

Both trucks are supplied by Renault Trucks dealer Allports Group and financed by Renault Trucks Financial Services, and are backed by Renault Trucks’ battery performance promise based on typical usage, which guarantees the power available to operate these electric vehicles for up to seven years.

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Hayley Tayler

Hayley Tayler has worked across Road Transport Media’s portfolio of publications, including Commercial Motor and Motor Transport, since 2008 in a number of editorial roles from news reporter to urban editor. She now specialises in events and projects content for the business, including the Road Transport Expo and a series of industry research reports.

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