As part of the company’s commitment to net zero, Tarmac has placed an order with Renault Trucks for the first battery electric mixer truck in the UK
Due to be delivered in Autumn 2022, the electric mixer will be immediately put to work at Tarmac’s Washwood Heath site in Birmingham, supplying essential construction materials to customers across the West Midlands. The pioneering use of a battery electric mixer truck demonstrates Tarmac’s commitment to its sustainability goals.
Tarmac operates one of the largest HGV fleets in the UK and has been working with Renault Trucks and Total Vehicle Solutions (TVS) to develop the next generation of mixers. This order comes as part of the company’s wider strategy to decarbonise its vehicle network, aiming to upgrade its 2,000-strong fleet of corporate cars and vans to EVs by 2030.
As Tarmac procures 100% of its site electricity from clean energy sources – wind, solar and hydro power only – the new vehicle will operate as a carbon neutral solution.
The battery electric mixer trucks can match the normal delivery profile of current vehicles up to 120km
In addition to making the transition to zero tailpipe emissions, EV mixers reduce noise and vibration, while contributing to improving air quality, particularly when operating in urban areas and low and zero emissions zones. The truck will have the ability to fast charge within 1.5 – 2 hours if needed and has a 265kWh battery with a guarantee of up to 10 years operation.
Tarmac is committed to bringing “more fully electric vehicles into its operations”
John Anderson, logistics director at Tarmac, said: “One of Tarmac’s key sustainability goals is to be at the forefront of implementing low CO2 transport and logistics solutions, and this shows us doing exactly that.”
The 26 tonne Renault Trucks E-Tech D Wide will come with enhanced safety features, as the batteries provide a lower centre of gravity, improving stability. The speed of the drum rotation is also computer-controlled to optimise energy consumption for loading, unloading and transit of different types of mix.
Andrew Scott, head of electric mobility at Renault Trucks, said: “We welcome Tarmac’s commitment to bring more fully electric vehicles into its operations, which reflects the company’s ambition to decarbonise its vehicle fleet and its confidence in Renault Trucks and TVS to bring innovative zero carbon emissions solutions into service.”