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    Carlsberg Marston’s Brewing Company (CMBC) introduces electric HGVs to deliver beer

    Carlsberg Marston’s Brewing Company (CMBC) is introducing two fully electric HGV trucks to its logistics fleet as part of its sustainability efforts. CMBC has the largest fleet in the UK operated by a brewer and is capable of delivering over 10,000 pints of beer per day to pubs

    The two Renault fully electric trucks, both E-Tech D Wide models weighing in at 26 tonnes and 18 tonnes, will be on the road by the end of July this year. The vehicles are ideal for urban distribution, including routes into London’s Ultra Low Emission Zone. The electric vehicles (EVs) will deliver freshly brewed beer to pubs on a daily basis, operating out of the company’s Cardiff and Thurrock distribution depots.

    The move to two, fully electric vehicles will see the brewer replace up to around 19,000 diesel-fuelled road miles per vehicle per year. The partnership with Renault Trucks is a proof-of-concept trial and, if successful, has the potential to see additional electric trucks introduced into CMBC’s existing fleet of 270 traditional vehicles in the future.

    CMBC has installed charging points at the Cardiff and Thurrock depots, which will be powered by electricity from renewable sources, to charge the trucks. For drivers, the cleaner, quieter electric engines reduce noise and vibrations in the cab for a more comfortable working environment. Plus, the almost silent vehicles reduce road noise in urban areas and can therefore be used during unconventional hours.

    Sarah Perry, CMBC vice president of customer supply chain, said: “We are delighted to partner with Renault Trucks in beginning our journey to introduce fully electric vehicles into our fleet. The pilot is the latest step towards achieving our ambition of zero carbon footprint across our value chain, as part of our Together Towards ZERO sustainability programme.

    “With the trucks capable of travelling up to 150 kilometres on a single charge, the urbanised areas of Cardiff and Essex are the ideal routes to test the potential of electric vehicles in our logistics network.

    “With the trucks capable of travelling up to 150 kilometres on a single charge, the urbanised areas of Cardiff and Essex are the ideal routes to test the potential of electric vehicles in our logistics network. 

    “This launch is potentially transformational to us as a UK brewer and logistics operator, but also in terms of helping pubs to build back greener after the pandemic.”

    Carlos Rodrigues, Renault Trucks UK and Ireland managing director, said: “At Renault Trucks, we share CMBC’s ambitions for a net zero future, and we are proud CMBC has selected the E-Tech D Wide to deliver its beer more sustainably. 

    “To have one of the UK’s largest brewers make this hugely significant shift to electric vehicles, powered by clean, renewable energy, shows CMBC is acting now to advance the urgent fight against climate change. 

    “We look forward to more organisations joining us in the coming months and years as companies take the necessary steps we must all embrace to achieve net zero.”

    Ian Osborne
    Ian Osborne
    Editor-in-Chief at ElectricDrives

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