BJS Haulage has commenced a trial to assess the viability of electric vehicles within its operations, employing a 19-tonne Renault Trucks E-Tech D Wide. Facilitated by Renault Truck Commercials and Vertellus, the commercial vehicle contract hire company, the electric truck will operate from BJS Haulage’s West Midlands Hub at Steelpark Way in Wolverhampton.
Amarat Gill, operations director at BJS Haulage, expressed the company’s belief in the future of sustainable, electric-powered transportation. The trial of the Renault Trucks E-Tech D Wide, in collaboration with Vertellus and Renault Truck Commercials, underscores BJS Haulage’s commitment to reducing its carbon footprint and lessening the environmental impact of its operations. Gill anticipates gaining valuable insights from the trial as the company strives for a cleaner and greener future in logistics.
The E-Tech D Wide features a 264kWh battery, providing a range of up to 140 miles, catering to BJS Haulage’s local daytime collections. This electric powertrain aligns with the company’s goal of minimising its environmental impact, a sentiment extended to its customers and suppliers.
Rick Edwards, sales director at Renault Truck Commercials, expressed delight in supporting BJS Haulage’s decarbonisation efforts through the Vertellus ev Discovery programme. Edwards is confident that its success will encourage the incorporation of more electric vehicles into BJS Haulage’s fleet.
Throughout the trial period, BJS Haulage will closely monitor the electric truck’s performance, efficiency, range, and access to charging infrastructure. These observations will play a crucial role in shaping the company’s future plans, helping determine the suitability of electric vehicles across its fleet, ranging from 3.5-tonne vans to 44-tonne trucks.