This is the first time that councils and vehicle operators will be able to access such eRCV technology on short-term hire.

RHCV supplied CTS Hire with the Renault Trucks E-Tech D Wide electric rear-steer chassis which have been paired with the Dennis Eagle OL21 bodies and Terberg Xtra bin lifts. The trucks are powered by 4x 66kW lithium batteries, which are located in the wheelbase.

Easy charging is also featured with the vehicle being specified with a charging port compatible with both AC and DC charging. It allows for modes 2, 3 and 4 charging from 22kW to 150kW. A full recharge takes less than two hours with a fast (DC) charge or overnight on a conventional industrial outlet and adapts to all situations.

Due to its zero tailpipe emissions, the Renault Trucks D Wide E-Tech is qualified to operate in Low Emission Zones (LEZ) and Ultra Low Emission Zones (ULEZ). Driver vision is aided by a window in the lower section of the near side slam door. It is also extremely quiet for operating in urban areas with reduced noise pollution. These features make it ideal for waste collection.

Bob Sweetland, managing director, CTS Hire: ‘We are delighted to be able to offer our customers the opportunity to hire the latest electric refuse vehicle technology. Although some councils have been able to trial demonstration eRCVs for a week or two, this isn’t always enough time to make a proper evaluation. By adding these vehicles to our hire fleet, we are giving councils and fleet operators the opportunity to carry out a thorough appraisal of the technology over a few months or more.’

Paul Pearson, commercial director for RH Commercial Vehicles, commented: ‘Providing CTS with such an innovative vehicle featuring the latest electric vehicle (EV) technology is the perfect opportunity to showcase the advancement and reliability of the Renault Trucks electric range. Our Nottingham workshop has recently become an authorised EV service and repairing dealer by Renault Trucks meaning we can become a leading supplier of vehicles that is better for our environment.’

CTS Hire is showcasing one of its new electric refuse vehicles at the forthcoming APSE Refuse, Recycling, Streetscene, Grounds and Parks Seminar 2022 on 19th and 20th October in Belton, after which both vehicles will be available to hire.