Enfield Council, located in the London Borough of Enfield, has taken a major step towards a more sustainable future with the delivery of its first fully-electric 26 tonne Renault Trucks E-Tech D Wide Low Entry Cab refuse truck.
The new vehicle is ultra-quiet and produces zero emissions, making it ideal for waste collection in urban environments. It is the first of four such vehicles to be delivered to the Council, with the remaining three expected to be on the road by the summer.
The E-Tech D Wide is equipped with a CP Davidson Titan refuse body and powered by four lithium-ion batteries. Its two AC synchronous electric motors provide power for the vehicle and recover regenerative energy, with permanent magnet technology delivering a maximum power of 370kW peak, continuous power of 260kW and maximum torque of 850Nm. Depending on operational requirements, the new electric vehicles will cover between 50-100 miles per day, with refuse collections clocking up around 50 miles per day and the street cleaning team covering around 30 miles.
The refuse trucks will be joined by five 3.5 tonne Renault Trucks E-Tech Master 33kWh Cage Tippers for the Council’s 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.
Enfield Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment, Cllr Rick Jewell, explained the Council chose electric vehicles because they are clean, efficient and help to reduce the Council’s carbon footprint. The Council’s Climate Action Plan includes a switch of the Council’s vehicle fleet to electric, with a target of 60% by 2026 and 100% by 2030. In addition, the Council has a programme of installing charging points at council offices and depots for its 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.
The E-Techs will be maintained by Renault Trucks dealer Norfolk Truck & Van, Enfield on a full R&M contract.