Waste firm Ashcourt Group has taken on two fully electric 18-tonne Renault Trucks E-Tech D Wide skip loaders after transitioning its van and car fleet over to electric.

The vehicles will be working in its waste management operations in Hull, delivering and collecting skips in the area and the group said they had the capacity to do a full day’s work on a single charge.

Luke Stocks, Ashcourt Group’s marketing manager, said: “The Ashcourt Group has committed to reducing its environmental impact and sees the deployment of the new electric refuse trucks as a significant step towards achieving its goals.

“We chose electric trucks after successfully introducing electric vans and cars into our fleet last year, as well as trialling some electric plant equipment in our operations too.

“Seeing their performance and carbon footprint reductions first hand gave us the momentum to introduce our first two electric trucks into the group.”

Stocks added: “The electric vehicles suit this type of work as they’re making regular, smaller journeys to and from our waste recycling centre, and the truck’s manoeuvrability will help our drivers to navigate smaller streets and tighter access areas.”