Volvo has delivered its first zero-tailpipe-emission skiploader in the UK.


The FE Electric, which was supplied by Hartshorne Group, has joined the fleet of long-standing Volvo customer Pegasus Skip Hire.

The Stourbridge-based company opted for the battery-powered truck following a visit to Volvo Trucks Experience Centre (VTEX), in Sweden. Fitted with Multilift skiploader bodywork, the new truck will be used to deliver and collect skips to its customer base across the West Midlands.Volvo has delivered its first zero-tailpipe-emission skiploader in the UK.

“As a business we strive to be as environmentally friendly as possible and are always looking at innovative ways to help us achieve our sustainability ambitions,” said Pegasus Skip Hire director Tony Hall. “We were fortunate enough to be invited to Sweden to test out the electric fleet and were hugely impressed by the quality of the vehicles, and the fact that Volvo Trucks already has a full range of electric trucks available to order. We are proud to be pioneers on the journey to a cleaner and greener future for our sector.”

The truck is powered by twin electric motors, which together generate a peak torque of 850Nm. Four batteries, which can be charged in 2.3 hours using the 150kW DC charger installed at Pegasus Skip Hire’s Stourbridge depot, give it a maximum range of 120 miles.

Commenting further on the truck, which is expected to remain on the predominantly Volvo fleet for seven years, Hall said: “We are fully expecting the new electric truck to fit seamlessly into our daily operations and hope to add more to our fleet in the future. It’s great to work with a supplier which understands our business needs and supports us at every step of the process.”

It is backed by a Volvo Gold Contract, which covers all repairs and maintenance, including proactive monitoring of batteries and associated components.