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Preston Council hires electric refuse vehicle to gain ‘deeper understanding’

Preston City Council is the latest Local Authority to take advantage of CTS Hire’s new electric refuse vehicle rental fleet and is trialling an eRCV on waste and recycling collections for six weeks. The council took the decision to hire the 100% electric vehicle to get a better idea of the pros and cons of using this kind of electric vehicle technology.

Duncan Coward, Head of Waste Management, Preston Council: “CTS Hire have provided us with the perfect opportunity to have an electric RCV for an extended period to gain a deeper understanding of this type of vehicle without being committed to a long-term purchase. 

The vehicle is a Renault Trucks E-Tech D Wide electric rear-steer chassis with the Dennis Eagle OL21 body & Terberg Xtra bin lift.

Duncan continued: “We are also able to get some insight into Renault electric vehicle technology and when we do come to purchase an electric vehicle, we will be in a much better position to understand what we want. The teams at CTS Hire and Renault have been incredibly helpful and the whole process has been simple and painless.”

Bob Sweetland, Managing Director, CTS Hire: “The electric vehicles are getting booked up fast as word spreads. It’s a great opportunity for councils to see how these vehicles perform in their own collection environment and see for themselves what the transition from a diesel fleet to an electric fleet may require operationally and from an infrastructure perspective.”

CTS Hire is the municipal vehicle rental division of contract hire and fleet management company Specialist Fleet Services Ltd (SFS). CTS offers a wide range of high-quality, FORS, LEZ and DVS compliant vehicles, featuring the latest technological and safety enhancements, supported by a 24/7 national mobile engineer and workshop network. The fleet includes 3.5t-26t Refuse Collection Vehicles (RCV), specialist recycling vehicles, caged tippers, hook loaders and skip loaders, all available for short to long-term hire including contract hire options. 

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