Recycling and waste management firm Powerday has become one of the first companies in the UK to place an order for Volvo Trucks’ fully electric skip loader.

Following a successful trial that yielded “staggering” data, the two new electric skip loaders will come into service in September and are expected to save more than 30 tonnes in CO2 emissions per year.

Equipped with four batteries, each vehicle offers a range of around 190km and can be recharged in 2.3 hours using the 150kW DC charger that has been installed at Powerday’s Old Oak Sidings site in North West London.

Chris Donnelly, Volvo Trucks’ sales director, said: “Powerday conducted trials last year when we first launched our fully electric skip loader demonstrator, installing infrastructure at its own cost for the trial to take place.

“This showed immediate commitment and we were very grateful.

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“The data following the trials was staggering,” he added. “We had predicted returns of course from our electric range simulator; however, the performance was far better than expected.

“We congratulate Powerday on its bold environmental targets and look forward to supporting them on its road to net zero.”

Powerday’s CEO, Edward Crossan, said investing in the electric vehicles showed its commitment to cleaning up the air in the Capital: “As a pioneer in the waste management industry, we proudly stand as the first company to embrace the future of sustainability,” he said.

“By investing in electric skip loaders, we lead the charge towards cleaner, greener solutions.”