Electra launch UK’s first compact 12.5-tonne electric waste platform fleet

Electra Commercial Vehicles, a zero-emissions OEM based in Lancashire, has launched its new 12.5-tonne eCargo electric waste vehicle platform, making it the first of its kind in the UK.

Designed with a short wheelbase of 3330 mm, these vehicles are ideal for operators looking to reduce their carbon footprint, particularly for food waste collections.

The 12.5-tonne eCargo has been developed with the operator in mind, focusing on reducing downtime and maintenance. Electra’s vehicles have a reduced maintenance requirement and a system that allows for quick repairs or replacements of major parts within 15 minutes.

Electra’s modular configuration allows them to build a platform that suits any operation and application, providing customers with the ability to create trucks according to their specific requirements, rather than being limited to a single chassis or body manufacturer.

Featuring a class-leading payload capacity of 7900 kg and 140 kWh of battery capacity with thermally managed batteries, the 12.5-tonne eCargo can operate in extreme climates ranging from -30 to +50 degrees Celsius and has a range of up to 250 km. It also offers a 150 kW DC fast charge capability, allowing the truck to be double-shifted or extend its range by over 100 miles in less than an hour.

Electra’s vehicles come with an eight-year battery warranty and have vehicle-to-load (V2L) capability, enabling the trucks to charge other vehicles or supply 3-phase power for events.

Electra previously built a trial version of the 12.5-tonne eCargo, which was demonstrated nationwide for over a year with a kerbside recycling body. It proved to be highly successful among operators due to its capabilities and effortless driveability.

Ben Smith, Managing Director of Electra Commercial Vehicles, expressed enthusiasm for the eCargo, stating that it is the perfect solution to meet the Government’s food waste collection regulations with zero-emissions and a short lead-time of under a year. He highlighted the versatility of their vehicles in meeting the demands of operations in ultra-low-emissions zones.

Electra’s eCargo vehicles are exclusively offered in the UK through a partnership with Guest Motors Limited, one of the country’s leading commercial vehicle solution providers. Guest offers the full range of Electra commercial EVs through its network of dealerships and service centers.

The Basildon Council recently acquired the first fleet of seven 12.5-tonne Electra eCargo food waste vehicles, which went into service in April 2023. These vehicles were fitted with a Hillend Engineering Micro XHD body and are supported by a contract hire agreement with full service and maintenance from NRG Riverside.

Electra Commercial Vehicles, founded in 2017, specializes in building fully electric and hydrogen-powered vehicles on various chassis platforms. The company has already successfully deployed fleets of zero-emission HGVs in the UK, contributing to improved local air quality.

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