Enfield LBC rolls-out electric Renault refuse truck

A fully-electric 26 tonne Renault E-Tech refuse truck has been delivered to the London Borough of Enfield following development and evaluation of the technology.

The E-Tech D Wide Low Entry Cab rear steer axle refuse truck, equipped with a CP Davidson Titan refuse body, is the first of four to be delivered and will service the households of the London Borough of Enfield. The remaining three vehicles are expected to be on the road by the summer of 2023.

Powered by four lithium-ion batteries, the truck’s two AC synchronous electric machines provide power for the vehicle and recovering regenerative energy with permanent magnet technology, delivering maximum power of 370 kW peak, continuous power of 260 kW, and maximum torque of 850Nm.

The refuse trucks will be joined by a further five 3.5 tonne Renault Trucks E-Tech Master 33kWh Cage Tippers for its parks operations.  One of the new vehicles has been allocated to Enfield Council’s fleet services and converted to a service van to provide on-site repairs and servicing for its fleet and commercial customers.

The vehicles will cover between 50-100 miles per day – depending on operational requirements. The new electric vehicles will be charged at The Civic Centre in Enfield Town or the Morson Road depot, which have been fitted with specialist charge points.

Enfield Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment, Cllr Rick Jewell, said: “Enfield Council has been working in partnership with Renault Trucks UK for more than a year on the development of the electric refuse truck. Prototypes went through extensive testing and road trials right here in Enfield. We were extremely happy with how the vehicles performed in our waste collection operations, demonstrating high performance and reliability, even along our longer routes, and very good battery life. This performance is critical for a large, busy, London borough.”

Enfield Council’s Deputy Leader, Cllr Ergin Erbil, added: “Our Climate Action Plan includes a switch of the Council’s vehicle fleet to electric with a target of 60 per cent by 2026 and 100 per cent by 2030. In addition, we have a programme of installing charging points at council offices and depots for our fleet, a lamppost EV charging installation programme is currently underway across selected areas of the borough and a roll out of rapid chargers in town centres and at strategic locations in Enfield.

“Emissions from transport in Enfield account for an estimated 39 per cent of the borough’s total emissions. The electrification of our fleet, along with ongoing support for walking and cycling, will help to achieve our local climate action goals as well as the Mayor of London’s targets for active and sustainable travel in the capital.”

Carlos Rodrigues, Managing Director, Renault Trucks UK & Ireland, said: “It has been a privilege to work alongside Enfield Council in the development of their first fully electric refuse vehicle. Renault Trucks is a pioneer of electric mobility and we are delighted to utilise our knowledge and experience to partner with Enfield Council on their fleet decarbonisation journey.”

Image courtesy of Renault Trucks

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