Bakery Warburtons and waste firm SUEZ have become the first UK operators to buy Renault Trucks’ medium-duty all-electric D ZE models.
Warburtons will be operating a 16-tonne D ZE, equipped with box body, rear side door and tail-lift by PPS Commercials.
The electric truck will be joining Warburtons’ secondary bread fleet carrying around six tonnes of bread and bakery products to multiple locations around London using only battery power and emitting no tailpipe emissions.
SUEZ Recycling and Recovery UK has chosen the zero-emission truck as part of its business-wide sustainability strategy.
It will be operating the first fully electric Renault Trucks D Wide Z.E. 26-tonne refuse vehicle in the UK.
The electric refuse truck will be used in Bristol, collecting waste from city centre locations for processing at the company’s recycling and reprocessing site, reducing the city’s carbon footprint in multiple ways.
Carlos Rodrigues, MD of Renault Trucks UK and Ireland, said: “Renault Trucks is delighted to announce the introduction of our first two medium duty D ZE vehicles with these two outstanding companies.
“Warburtons and SUEZ are not only household names and leaders in their respective sectors, but leaders in the sustainability journey which we must all embrace.
“We will share more of Renault Trucks’ sustainability commitments later in the year, but we are hugely excited to be announcing the sales of these first two fully electric vehicles today, and look forward to many other organisations joining us in the coming months.”
Both the D ZE for Warburtons and the D Wide ZE for SUEZ are planned to begin operations later in 2020.
Renault Trucks offers a range of electric trucks from 3.1 to 26 tonnes. It said these vehicles are ideally suited to waste collection and distribution operations, enabling low noise rounds at unconventional hours while preserving quality of life for local residents.