Preston City Council is currently trialling an electric refuse collection vehicle on waste and recycling collections to get a better idea of the pros and cons of electric vehicle technology.

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

Duncan Coward, head of Waste Management, Preston Council said: ‘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.

‘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 commented: ‘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.’