RHCV delivers first 18-tonne E Tech truck in UK

Nottinghamshire-based pallet distributor Mitchells of Mansfield has taken delivery of the UK’s first 18-tonne E Tech electric curtain-sided truck from RH Commercial Vehicles.

The move is part of the company’s ambition to reduce and offset 25% of it carbon emission this year, 50% by 2024 and 100% by 2026.

Richard Montgomery, managing director, said: “Progression and positive change is a cornerstone of the business. We are doing just that by investing in the latest equipment like the Renault Trucks E-Tech vehicle.”

With zero tailpipe emissions, he Renault Trucks E-Tech D Wide is able to operate in cities that are reducing their CO2 emissions and improving air quality. It is fitted with four battery packs which provide 66kW of energy each and the truck is equipped with an onboard AC charger and is compatible with DC fast charging. This allows fast charging of the vehicle to maximise its daily operational range.

Simon Bailey, sales executive for RHCV, said: “The truck can keep up with the business demands whilst having the capacity to complete a full day’s work on a single charge and emitting zero tailpipe emissions. This also means that it can operate in low-emission zones such as London.

“With it being a curtain-sided vehicle fitted with a tail lift too, means the business can continue to operate quickly and efficiently with speedy load and unload benefits and simplified partial deliveries as they did before on the equivalent diesel-fuelled vehicles.”