UK’s first electric skip trucks to hit the roads

Waste recycling specialist Recycling Lives has today announced the arrival of the UK’s first 100% electric skip transporter trucks, at its 15-acre Recycling Park in Preston.

The two 19-tonne E-Tech DZE trucks were designed and developed in collaboration with Renault Trucks and mark the start of Recycling Lives’ journey in decarbonising the company’s entire fleet. The all-electric vehicles will be used in daily operations, servicing commercial and household clients.

The Renault Trucks E-Tech DZE have capacity to complete a full day’s work on a single charge with zero tailpipe emissions and low traffic noise. These features mean that the trucks are well suited to cities with Ultra Low Emission Zones (ULEZ), and their low sound output makes them ideal for use in urban areas where noise pollution is a problem.

Powered by a 265kWh battery, each truck is equipped with a 22kW on board AC charger and is compatible with DC fast charging up to 150kW. The vehicle comes with Renault Trucks’ Battery Performance Promise which guarantees battery operation for up to seven years.

Gerry Marshall, CEO of Recycling Lives explained: “This transition to electric skip trucks is just another example of our commitment to environmental innovation. As part of our decarbonisation strategy, we are looking to further reduce our carbon footprint by using more sustainable fuel solutions, this could include for example green hydrogen which is part of our Energy from Waste project.

”It’s been fantastic to work with Renault Trucks  on such a critical product and would like to thank them for all their support. Moving towards zero-carbon transport solutions is a huge business priority, so we’re looking forward to getting these UK-first electric skip trucks on the road.”

The first truck is on site now and the next is due in October. The team at Recycling Lives have undertaken training to familiarise themselves with the vehicle before it sets out on the roads this week.