Prepared for a cold winter

Published:  16 February, 2012

Birmingham-based building maintenance firm Drewmark Building Services has purchased an Alke ATX280E all-electric truck that can be fitted with a gritter and snow plough, as part of its contract to maintain the facilities of a leading utility company. With long range forecasts already predicting that this year's winter will be even worse than the last three.

Robert Pinches of Drewmark said: “We wanted an electric truck because it is more energy efficient and better for the environment. However, it was vital for us that we could still deliver a high-quality service to our client, all year round. The capability to fit a snow plough and gritter ensures we can deal with pretty much anything mother nature throws at us during wintertime.”

The Alke vehicle is the first all-electric snow plough/gritter available on the UK market. Drewmark Building Services Ltd purchased the Alke ATX280E from ePower Trucks,a supplier of electric vehicles. The truck has a range of up to 50 miles on a single charge and is fully road legal. The flat bed can carry a 1,000kg payload and the versatile truck can tow up to 3,000kg.

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