Tarmac orders first battery electric mixer truck in the UK

Tarmac has placed an order with Renault Trucks for the UK’s first battery electric mixer truck as part of the company’s commitment to net zero.

Due for delivery in autumn 2022, the electric mixer will immediately be commissioned at Tarmac’s Washwood Heath site in Birmingham, supplying essential building materials to customers in the West Midlands.

The UK leader in sustainable construction solutions is working with Renault Trucks and Total Vehicle Solutions (TVS) to develop the next generation of mixers, with ambitions for their eventual widespread use in its urban operations. As Tarmac sources 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.

In addition to making the transition to zero tailpipe emissions, EV blenders reduce noise and vibration, while helping to improve air quality, especially when operating in urban areas and emission zones. weak and zero.

Using the telematics information available to its fleet business, the design team was able to match the normal delivery profile of a truck to the indicative range of 120 km and the energy consumption of the mixer drum in transit. and unloading. The truck will have the ability to quickly recharge in 1.5 to 2 hours if needed and has a 265 kWh battery with a warranty of up to 10 years.

John Anderson, Logistics Director at Tarmac, said:

“This order marks the first practical step towards transitioning an entire fleet to electric mixers and demonstrates our commitment to lead by example as we continue to turn our net zero ambitions into action.

One of Tarmac’s main sustainability goals is to be at the forefront of implementing low-carbon technology.2 transport and logistics solutions, and it shows that we are doing just that. We look forward to serving our customers across the West Midlands with this all-electric truck in the fall.

The 26-tonne Renault Trucks E-Tech D Wide will come with improved safety features, as the batteries provide a lower center of gravity, improving stability. The drum rotation speed is also computer controlled to optimize energy consumption for loading, unloading and transiting the different types of asphalt.

Andrew Scott, head of electric mobility at Renault Trucks, said:

“We are delighted to partner with TVS Group to bring the first electric concrete mixer into the Tarmac fleet. Work began on this vehicle as part of their Supplier Innovation Challenge last year, and it is very exciting that it will soon enter service bringing a range of concrete products to Tarmac customers.

We welcome Tarmac’s commitment to integrating more fully electric vehicles into its operations, which reflects the company’s ambition to decarbonise its fleet of vehicles and its confidence in Renault Trucks and TVS to bring innovative solutions to zero carbon emissions.

The vehicle design was developed following successful collaboration last year as part of Tarmac’s Supplier Innovation Challenge and Supplier Sustainability Week, which saw suppliers work to find solutions to accelerate industry progress towards net zero.

Kevin Walker, Technical Director at TVS, said:

“TVS is delighted to partner with Renault Trucks to bring the first electric concrete mixer to the Tarmac fleet. This initial solution uses a hydraulic system, with the fully electric drive due to launch in 2023. The project has been proudly supported by Scottish Enterprise , and the electric concrete mixer will be manufactured in Motherwell, Scotland.

TVS and McPhee Mixers have worked hard to develop a more efficient and sustainable mixing solution. This is an important milestone for TVS and our McPhee Mixer brand, and we look forward to working closely with Renault Trucks to expand the Tarmac fleet as they commit to bringing more zero carbon solutions into service. innovative.

Tarmac operates one of the largest HGV fleets in the UK, and this order is part of the company’s wider strategy to decarbonise its vehicle network, following its commitment to upgrade upgrade its fleet of 2,000 company cars and vans to electric vehicles by 2030.

About Julie Gray

Check Also

MAN launches next-generation truck in Australia

Penske Australia and MAN Truck & Bus unveiled the next generation of MAN trucks at …