Best thing since sliced bread – Warburtons first-16 tonne 100 percent electric truck hits the road

Warburtons, the UK’s largest bakery brand, is rolling out its first 16-tonne 100 percent electric truck, a Renault Trucks D Z.E.  The vehicle, striking in Warburtons orange livery and proudly stating ‘Our electric trucks are the best thing since sliced bread’, joins the company’s secondary bread fleet operating out of its Enfield bakery.  

The D Z.E., which can cover up to 93 miles (150km) on a single charge, will carry around six tonnes of bread and bakery products to multiple locations across London.

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Being fully electric, the D Z.E. is eligible to operate in the capital’s Ultra Low Emission Zone and Congestion Charge Zone without incurring charges. Its zero tailpipe emissions in use and low traffic noise make it ideal for Warburtons urban deliveries.

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 Z.E. we offer our customers the same quality of service but with zero tailpipe emissions and quieter operation in urban environments.”

Carlos Rodrigues, managing director of Renault Trucks UK & Ireland, said: “The Renault Trucks D Z.E. 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 Z.E. to deliver even more sustainably for its customers, and that this first vehicle will confidently provide this service for the next ten years.”

The D Z.E., which 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.

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

Renault Trucks engineers have taken Warburtons operational data for a number of Enfield-based routes and mapped this against a real-world, real-time traffic database derived from over one million miles of vehicle telematics data.

Their calculation of the total energy consumption of the vehicle means it will operate for a ten-year period without using more than 250 MW of energy, and this is the contract duration for the first Warburtons D ZE vehicle.

Ian Osborne
Ian Osborne
Editor-in-Chief at ElectricDrives

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