Powerday, a recycling and waste management company, has recently integrated two Volvo FE Electric skiploaders into its commercial vehicle fleet, marking a step towards sustainable waste management in London.

Volvo FE

Source: Volvo

These skiploaders, recognised as some of the first zero-tailpipe emission vehicles of their kind in the city, were acquired following a successful trial period.

The introduction of the FE Electrics aligns with Powerday’s commitment to reducing its Carbon footprint and contributing to a cleaner environment in London. “In line with our net-zero roadmap, adopting these electric skiploaders into our fleet shows our commitment to reducing our carbon footprint and contributing to cleaner air and environment in London,” said Edward Crossan, CEO at Powerday. 

The FE Electric skiploaders, supplied by Guili Chemello, Transport Solutions Executive at Volvo Truck and Bus Centre South & East, are expected to play a crucial role in helping Powerday achieve its ambitious sustainability targets. With a focus on minimising environmental impact, the company anticipates a saving of more than 30 tonnes in co2 emissions annually.

Each FE Electric skiploader features a two-speed transmission and the trucks incorporate a unique traction control system designed to navigate tough conditions. Various drive modes allow operators to adjust performance, comfort, and energy usage levels according to the operational needs.

Equipped with four batteries, each FE Electric offers an approximate range of 190km and can be recharged in just 2.3 hours using the 150kW DC Charger at Powerday’s Willesden Junction site, which was installed as part of the trial. The skiploaders, built on a 4,100mm wheelbase and featuring full air suspension, are designed for efficiency and safety on London’s busy streets.

Safety features include Volvo’s Electronic Stability Control, Adaptive Cruise Control with automatic emergency braking, and Lane Keeping Support alerts, enhancing overall safety during operations. The trucks are fitted with Hyva skiploader bodywork powered by an electric power take-off.

Under a Volvo Gold Contract, covering all maintenance and repairs and including proactive monitoring of batteries and associated components, both skiploaders are expected to operate five days a week seamlessly within Powerday’s busy waste management operation. This move towards electric skiploaders reflects Powerday’s commitment to environmentally friendly practices and sustainable waste management in the region.