Warburtons rolls out first 16t electric truck

Warburtons has started operating a new 16 tonne Renault Trucks D ZE as part of its fleet in London. The bakery will use the truck in the Capital’s Ultra Low Emissions Zone and Congestion Charge Zone, without incurring charges. The D ZE, which can cover around 95 miles on a single charge, can carry six tonnes of bread and bakery products with zero tailpipe emissions and low traffic noise.

Steven Gray, Warburtons national transport manager, said: “As our first 16 tonne electric truck goes on the road, we mark another important milestone in our sustainable fleet management.  “By using the Renault Trucks D ZE we offer our customers the same quality of service but with zero tailpipe emissions and quieter operation in urban environments.” The truck is a 4×2 rigid featuring a box body with rear side door and tail lift by PPS Commercials.

Powered by a 200kWh battery, the motor delivers up to 250PS and 425Nm. The ZE reduction gearbox offers two forward speeds and one reverse.  It will recharge at Warburtons Enfield site, is equipped with a 22kW on board AC charger and is compatible with DC fast charging up to 150kW.

Carlos Rodrigues, managing director of Renault Trucks UK & Ireland, added: “The Renault Trucks D ZE answers today’s pressing need to improve air quality and reduce noise pollution in our cities.  We are delighted that Warburtons has selected the D ZE to deliver even more sustainably for its customers, and that this first vehicle will confidently provide this service for the next ten years.”

The vehicle comes with Renault Trucks’ Battery Performance Promise which guarantees that the battery will operate for up to 10 years or deliver 250mW of energy over the vehicle’s life.