Refuse Vehicle Solutions Ltd (RVS) has been awarded a place on a new HGV and Specialist Vehicle Procurement and Contract Hire Framework 2020 (LOT 2 and LOT 5) for the provision of electric vehicle drivetrain conversion systems, ranking highest in this category for electric refuse vehicle conversion.
The framework is the result of a tendering exercise by The Procurement Partnership Ltd (TPPL) in partnership with the North East Procurement Organisation (NEPO) and will run until January 2025. LOT 5 of the framework covers vehicle design, conversion, servicing, warranty, maintenance and training.
RVS launched its e-One electric repowering solution in October 2020 in partnership with Dutch electric power train developers EMOSS to convert diesel refuse vehicles into electric vehicles in the UK.
Participating framework customers can either provide their own ‘donor’ refuse vehicle or RVS can source a vehicle.
‘We are delighted to be awarded a place on this framework and to be the highest-ranked supplier in our category,’ said Amanda Brown, sales director, RVS.
‘Being part of the framework will help to make our e-One electric refuse vehicle solution, and associated support services, even more readily accessible to potential customers across the whole of the UK.’
The framework is available to local authorities, public sector organisations and the not-for-profit sector including NHS trusts, Police & Fire authorities, leisure trusts, schools, universities, colleges and registered charities, as well as government departments across Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.
Participating organisations can either undertake a mini-competition exercise inviting quotations from suppliers from the relevant Lot(s) or award directly to the highest-ranked supplier. RVS is the highest-ranked supplier in LOT 5 for the provision of electric drivetrain conversion systems for refuse vehicles.
James Brennan, managing director at The Procurement Partnership commented: ‘We are delighted to support the Government’s “Road to Zero” strategy through the inclusion of a lot specifically scoped for electric and hydrogen fuel cell conversions. It will be key in enabling public sector bodies to harness the new technology and meet their net zero carbon targets. The solution will be supported by specialist advice and guidance throughout the tender process by TPPL’s in-house tender team and fleet experts.’
The RVS first e-One demonstration vehicle is currently touring the UK and will be joined by a second vehicle next month. Both vehicles are booked up until April this year.
Amanda continued: ‘We are inundated with demonstration requests and the positive feedback has exceeded our expectations. The e-One is performing on a par with, if not better than, a diesel vehicle in terms of collections, landscape and distance travelled.’