Fox Group will become the first customer to operate Volvo FE Electric tippers in the UK, with the new assets entering their fleet next March.
The Blackpool-based outfit has placed the landmark order with Thomas Hardie Commercials which is expected to see it become the first UK tipper operator to begin the transition from diesel to electric vehicles.
The two zero tailpipe emission FE Electric 6×2 tippers will be mounted with Thompsons tipper bodywork and used for local operations in predominantly urban areas – taking maximum advantage of their ability to operate both quietly and cleanly.
The managing director of family-run Fox Group, Paul Fox, said: “Placing this order marks the start of the electrification of our fleet.
“We understand we are the first company in the UK to invest in electric tippers – and one of the first in Europe.”
‘UK’s push to reach net zero’
He added: “We are strongly committed to playing our part in the UK’s push to reach net-zero and we will be making more of our fleet electric in the future.
“This milestone is just the beginning of the journey, and we believe if the country is serious about substantially reducing carbon emissions, the construction sector needs to join the party – and we are proud to be playing our part and leading from the front.”
Both trucks will be built with a day cab, hydraulically steered rear axle and plated at 27-tonnes; with the additional one-tonne allowance helping to compensate for the additional weight of the vehicle’s batteries.
Battery charging will be carried out onsite overnight, with each full charge offering a projected range of around 93 miles, which makes the tippers ideal for local urban work.
The FE Electric powertrain consists of two electric motors and a two-speed gearbox, with power being generated by an electric motor with an output of 400 kW and 850Nm of torque.
Technology already deployed by Volvo Group
This is a solution based on the same technology already deployed by Volvo Group in thousands of electrified buses used worldwide.
Thomas Hardie Commercials is supplying the trucks backed by a comprehensive Volvo Gold Contract.
All scheduled maintenance will take place at the firm’s Preston dealership, where it is investing in the equipment necessary to maintain the new vehicles on a six-weekly maintenance schedule.
The firm’s customer solutions manager, Neil Crook, said: “Without doubt, this is one of the most exciting new truck orders I’ve ever taken!
“Paul and the team at Fox Group recognise that the future is electric, and we can help them to start making that a reality for their business right now.
“Placing the order drives home the message that series production electric trucks are available today to help the UK meet its net zero targets. I can’t wait to deliver them in!”