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Thursday, 28 July 2022 10:17

Carlsberg Marston brewers add two electric HGV lorries to fleet as trial

Carlsberg Marston's Brewing Company (CMBC) is introducing two fully electric HGV trucks to its logistics fleet as a trial – claiming this makes it the largest amount of electric HGVs in the UK operated by a brewer – as part of the company's Together Towards ZERO sustainability efforts.

carlsberg-marsden-introduces-first-electric-truck-2The two fully electric Renault Trucks will be on the road by the end of July, both E-Tech D Wide models weighing in at 26 tonnes and 18 tonnes. The vehicles will operate out of the company's Cardiff and Thurrock (Essex) distribution depots and can deliver 10,000 freshly brewed pints to pubs per day. They will operate in the urbanised areas of Cardiff and Essex.

The move will see the brewer replace up to around 19,000 diesel-fuelled road miles per vehicle per year. The partnership with Renault Trucks is a proof-of-concept trial, and if successful, has potential to see additional electric trucks introduced into CMBC's existing fleet of 270 traditional vehicles in the future.

The vehicles are seen as ideal for urban distribution, including routes into London's Ultra Low Emission Zone.

For drivers, the cleaner, quieter electric engines reduce noise and vibrations in the cab for a more comfortable working environment. And as the vehicles are almost silent, they reduce road noise in urban areas and can therefore be used during unconventional hours. CMBC has also installed charging points at the Cardiff and Thurrock depots which will be powered by electricity from renewable sources.

Sarah Perry, Vice President of Customer Supply Chain at Carlsberg Marston's Brewing Company said: "We are delighted to partner with Renault Trucks in beginning our journey to introduce fully electric vehicles into our fleet. The pilot is the latest step towards achieving our ambition of zero carbon footprint across our value chain, as part of our Together Towards ZERO sustainability programme.

"With the trucks capable of travelling up to 150 kilometres on a single charge, the urbanised areas of Cardiff and Essex are the ideal routes to test the potential of electric vehicles in our logistics network. This launch is potentially transformational to us as a brewer and logistics operator, but also in terms of helping pubs to build back greener after the pandemic."

Carlos Rodrigues, Managing Director of Renault Trucks UK and Ireland added: "To have one of the UK's largest brewers make this hugely significant shift to electric vehicles, powered by clean, renewable energy, shows CMBC is acting now to advance the urgent fight against climate change.

"We look forward to more organisations joining us in the coming months and years as companies take the necessary steps we must all embrace to achieve net zero."

Both trucks are supplied by Renault Trucks dealer Allports Group and financed by Renault Trucks Financial Services, and are backed by Renault Trucks' battery performance promise based on typical usage, which guarantees the power available to operate these electric vehicles for up to seven years.

Renault Trucks has a range of 100% electric trucks, from 3.1 to 26 tonnes meeting both current and future requirements of businesses seeking to reduce their carbon footprint in urban environments.