Gritter builder Econ Engineering has launched a new zero-emission electric gritter truck that can be operated all year round thanks to a range of demountable body options allowing it to switch between fleet roles.

Developed in-house, the E-QCB uses hydraulic rams to enable the vehicle to switch between demountable bodies in just 15 minutes.

The first in the Econ Zero range is a prototype built on a 19-tonne Volvo FE Electric 4x2 chassis.

Jonathan Lupton, Econ Engineering MD, said: “We’re excited to introduce the E-QCB to the market with Volvo.

“We have spent a long time developing the new E-QCB, undertaking comprehensive redesigns and trialling it to ensure that we can offer a fully electric solution for our customers that can be used 52 weeks a year.

“The vehicle operates best in urban environments, where daily mileage is typically less than some longer distance motorway routes.”

Christian Coolsaet, Volvo Trucks UK & Ireland MD, said: “Every part of the transport sector needs to have its sights set on achieving net zero, and gritting and snowploughing is no exception.

“The team at Econ has developed an exceptional new product with our FE Electric chassis at its heart; this is going to allow gritter fleets to reap the benefits of operating cleaner, quieter and more efficient trucks.”