Renault sells the UK’s first 100% electric D Z.E. trucks to leading brands

Marking a milestone in the transformation of urban transport, Renault Trucks is partnering with two of the UK’s leading brands in announcing the sale of its first two 100% electric medium-duty vehicles, to be used in Bristol and London. 

Warburtons, the UK’s largest bakery brand, is introducing the first Renault Trucks D Z.E. 16t.

Equipped with box body with rear side door and tail lift by PPS Commercials, this distribution model will join Warburtons secondary bread fleet carrying around six tonnes of bread and bakery products to multiple locations around London using only battery power and emitting no tailpipe emissions. 

SUEZ recycling and recovery UK (SUEZ), a world leader in water and waste, is committed to the smart and sustainable management of resources and this now extends to the introduction of the first fully electric Renault Trucks D Wide Z.E. 26t refuse vehicle to the UK. 

As Bristol is one of the UK cities with the highest environmental ambitions, SUEZ will use the D Wide Z.E. to collect commercial waste from city centre locations for processing at the company’s recycling and reprocessing site, reducing the city’s carbon footprint in multiple ways.

Carlos Rodrigues, MD Renault Trucks UK and Ireland: “Hugely excited to be announcing the sales of these first two full-electric vehicles”

Carlos Rodrigues, Managing Director of Renault Trucks UK and Ireland, says: “Renault Trucks is delighted to announce the introduction of our first two medium duty D Z.E. vehicles with these two outstanding companies. 

“Warburtons and SUEZ are not only household names and leaders in their respective sectors, but leaders in the sustainability journey which we must all embrace. 

“We will share more of Renault Trucks’ sustainability commitments later in the year, but we are hugely excited to be announcing the sales of these first two full-electric vehicles today, and look forward to many other organisations joining us in the coming months.”

Both the D Z.E. for Warburtons and the D Wide Z.E. for SUEZ are planned to begin operations later in 2020.  More information will be shared as each vehicle enters service.

With a comprehensive range of electric trucks from 3.1 to 26 tonnes, Renault Trucks meets both current and future requirements of professionals operating in urban environments.

These vehicles are ideally suited to waste collection and distribution operations, enabling low noise rounds at unconventional hours while preserving quality of life for local residents.

Renault Trucks D and D Wide Z.E. are produced at the manufacturer’s Blainville-sur-Orne plant at Caen, Normandy, France.

About Warburtons

Since the company was established by Thomas and Ellen Warburton in 1876, it has been passed down through five generations of family bakers, and proudly remains a private family-owned and run business.

With headquarters in Bolton, Lancashire, Warburtons operates with the support of over 4,500 employees, in 11 bakeries and 15 distribution depots across the UK.

The company produces more than two million of its famous wax wrapped loaves, bread rolls, wraps, crumpets and pancakes every day – with Warburtons volume share accounting for just over a quarter of the total wrapped bakery market.

About SUEZ

Since the end of the 19th century, SUEZ has built expertise aimed at helping people to constantly improve their quality of life by protecting their health and supporting economic growth.

With an active presence on five continents, SUEZ and its 90,000 employees strive to preserve our environment’s natural capital: water, soil, and air. SUEZ provides innovative and resilient solutions in water management, waste recovery, site remediation and air treatment, optimizing municipalities’ and industries’ resource management through “smart” cities and improving their environmental and economic performance.

The Group delivers sanitation services to 64 million people and produces 7.1 billion m3 of drinking water.

SUEZ is also a contributor to economic growth, with more than 200,000 jobs created directly and indirectly on an annual basis, and a provider of new resources, with 4.2 million tons of secondary raw materials produced.

By 2030, the Group is targeting 100% sustainable solutions, with a positive impact on our environment, health and climate. SUEZ generated total revenue of €18.0 billion in 2019.

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