Ringway and its longterm strategic fleet partner Econ have successfully trialled the first electric multi-purpose highway maintenance HGV truck in the UK.
Econ has developed a new electric quick-change body (EQCB) system, built on the newly launched 19-tonne Volvo FE Electric 4×2 chassis. The Econ EQCB can be supplied with three demount bodies, to get year-round utilisation of the electric Volvo chassis. It has a winter 6m3 spreader body, an insulated end tipper body specifically designed for highway maintenance works, or a caged tipper body for street scene activities.
The Econ E-QCB system uses hydraulic rams and locking systems, that enable the bodies to be switched in 15 minutes, controlled by a single trained operator. Volvo’s FE Electric has a recharging time of 2.3 hours with a high powered 150kW DC charger, giving a range of up to 150 miles, and features two electric motors as well as a 2- speed gearbox.
Ringway will also be dynamically testing the QCB system and the 19-tonne Volvo FE Electric 4×2 chassis with a view to using it in other aspects of the highway services it delivers.
The development is the product of a collaboration between Econ Engineering’s R&D team and product specialists from Volvo Trucks UK & Ireland, as well as the supplying dealer Crossroads Truck & Bus.
“For Ringway, this trial further demonstrates how we are constantly seeking to innovate and evolve to meet our carbon reduction goals and those of our clients without compromising the service,” said Mitesh Solanki, managing director, Ringway.