The UK’s first all-electric readymix concrete mixer has successfully completed a three-month trial of deliveries across Birmingham for Tarmac.
The ‘e-mixer’, created in partnership with Renault Trucks and TVS Interfleet, is the first of its kind to operate with zero tailpipe emissions.
It has the same capacity as a conventional diesel vehicle and it is expected to save 42 tonnes of CO2 a year.
The truck also offers reduced noise and vibrations, while contributing to improving air quality, particularly when operating in urban areas and low and zero emissions zones such as Birmingham’s Clean Air Zone.
Ben Garner, Tarmac’s low carbon logistics lead, said: “We have committed to being at the forefront of implementing low CO2 transport and logistics solutions and the successful operation of this e-mixer is a significant milestone for both Tarmac and the UK construction sector.”
Kevin Walker, technical director at TVS Interfleet, said: “To develop the new electric mixer, the TVS Interfleet team was asked to completely forget everything they thought they knew about building mixers and start from scratch, which has resulted in a mixer with several new patents.
“While the original brief was to deliver energy saving benefits and a focus on decarbonising the construction industry through electrification, other benefits have also been realised including heightened safety and a quieter operation; all of which adds to the long list of benefits the e-mixer delivers.”