Ashcourt Group Introduces Inaugural Fleet of All-Electric Skip Loaders

Ashcourt Group UK has received its initial shipment of two cutting-edge, fully electric 18-tonne Renault Trucks E-Tech D Wide skip loaders.

Equipped with Harsh HS14T 4×2 skip loader technology, these innovative vehicles will be deployed in Ashcourt Group’s waste management operations in Hull. They will serve as efficient transportation for delivering and collecting skips from both trade and residential customers across the region. Impressively, these skip loaders can complete a full day’s work on a single charge.

The E-Tech D Wides derive their power from 265 kWh E-Tech traction batteries, comprising four 66 kW battery packs ingeniously placed within the wheelbase. This setup enables them to generate a remarkable maximum torque of 286 Nm continuously, with a peak of 530 Nm.

To support their electric fleet, Ashcourt Group has established dedicated DC and AC charging points at their Waste Recycling Facility in Hull. This initiative ensures convenient and reliable charging for all their electric vehicles (EVs).

Having recently transitioned to Renault Trucks for most of their divisions, Ashcourt Group is actively committed to reducing its environmental impact. Luke Stocks, the marketing manager of Ashcourt Group, stated, “The deployment of these new electric refuse trucks represents a significant step towards achieving our sustainability goals. After successfully introducing electric vans and cars into our fleet last year, as well as testing electric plant equipment, we witnessed firsthand their exceptional performance and substantial reduction in carbon footprint. This motivated us to introduce our first two electric trucks.”

Building on their positive experiences, Ashcourt Group intends to explore further opportunities with electric vehicles and closely monitor the performance of their new additions.

The company recognized that waste management services provided an ideal starting point for introducing electric trucks due to the nature of their shorter, urban-based journeys. Stocks elaborated, “Electric vehicles are well-suited for this type of work, as they regularly make shorter trips to and from our waste recycling center. The maneuverability of these trucks will assist our drivers in navigating narrow streets and tight access areas.”

Stocks concluded, “While we are taking a cautious approach to integrating electric vehicles into our operations, given the diverse range of services we offer, we firmly believe that EVs will continue to play a significant role in our future. With careful planning, we are confident in expanding our EV fleet in the years to come.”

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