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Kier Group has taken delivery of a 100% electric welfare van from Renault Trucks as part of its green fleet expansion plan.

The Master Z.E L2H2 was provided by VMS Fleet Management as part of its new long-term rental partnership with Kier.

The services company approached it having seen the vehicle at the design stage at Clarks Conversions.

VMS had the truck converted to a welfare van, and then worked with Kier to fit its needs.

The van has a 120-mile range on a single charge, depending on the route, load and driving style and the welfare conversion has the added benefit of being powered by solar panels in the roof.

Features include a microwave, water boiler, dining table and desk and bathroom and it accommodates up to six 85kg people, with an additional 225kg of weight.

The vehicle will join Kier Group’s Smart Motorway project, where it will be evaluated before undertaking tests across urban and rural contracts.

Karl Simpson, Kier Highways’ business improvements manager, said: “It’s not every day you get to work on a project as interesting as this one, and to develop a vehicle as different and exciting as the Renault Trucks Master Z.E. electric van.”

Graham Neagus, head of LCV at Renault Trucks UK said having the vehicle operate in an industry sector not normally associated with electromobility was “a great platform for us to showcase the ever-increasing flexibility offered by EVs, and the confidence in the Renault Master ZE. product within established VMS sectors like construction is laying the foundations for greener, cleaner and more sustainable fleets.”