National waste recycling specialist Recycling Lives will take delivery of the UK’s first two 100% electric 18-tonne D Wide Z.E. skip loaders.
The pair of zero tailpipe emission trucks, which are the result of a joint project between Recycling Lives and Renault Trucks, will be located at the Recycling Park in Preston. They will be employed in daily operations servicing commercial and household clients.
Commenting on the partnership, Gerry Marshall, Recycling Lives’ CEO (pictured right), said: “A significant driver for our business is innovation. These vehicles are an industry first, and they’ll be a standard element of our fleet over time.
“The vehicles have been specifically designed for us to deliver optimum operational efficiencies, and it was critical for us that we partner with an international organisation that matches our values and our ambitions.
“A fundamental aspect of moving over to an electric fleet was that our innovations will provide environmental benefits to our customers too.
“We’re committed to minimising our impact on the environment as the company evolves to offer more circular economy solutions. Replacing our transport fleet with electric vehicles and more sustainable fuel solutions is vital in that transition.”
Recycling Lives’ purchase decision follows the successful trial of a 16-tonne Renault Trucks D Z.E. demonstrator in July, which provided an opportunity to evaluate performance and effectiveness for electric vehicle applications in the fleet.
Speaking at last week’s Freight in the City Expo 2021, Carlos Rodrigues, MD of Renault Trucks UK & Ireland (pictured left) said: “Not only does today mark a significant step on the road to net zero for waste transport and skip loaders in particular, this order for two trucks also speaks volumes about the performance of the D Z.E demonstrator in operation, and Recycling Lives’ confidence in electric vehicles playing a key role in their current and future fleet.”