Blackpool-based Fox Group has placed a landmark order which is expected to see it become the first tipper operator in the UK to begin the transition from diesel to electric vehicles, following an order placed with Thomas Hardie Commercials for two Volvo FE Electric 6×2 tippers.
Expected to enter service in March 2022, the two zero tailpipe emission FE Electrics will be mounted with Thompsons tipper bodywork and used for local operations in predominantly urban areas – taking maximum advantage of their ability to operate both quietly and cleanly.
Paul Fox, Managing Director of family-run Fox Group, says: “Placing this order marks the start of the electrification of our fleet. We understand we are the first company in the UK to invest in electric tippers – and one of the first in Europe.
“We are strongly committed to playing our part in the UK’s push to reach net zero and we will be making more of our fleet electric in the future. This milestone is just the beginning of the journey, and we believe if the country is serious about substantially reducing carbon emissions, the construction sector needs to join the party – and we are proud to be playing our part and leading from the front.”
Both trucks will be built with a day cab, hydraulically-steered rear axle and plated at 27- tonnes; with the additional one-tonne allowance helping to compensate for the additional weight of the vehicle’s batteries. Charging will be carried out on-site overnight, with each full charge offering a projected range of around 150km – perfect for local urban work.
The FE Electric powertrain consists of two electric motors and a two-speed gearbox, with power being generated by an electric motor with an output of 400 kW and 850 Nm of torque. It’s a solution based on the same technology already deployed by Volvo Group in thousands of electrified buses used worldwide.
Neil Crook, Customer Solutions Manager at Thomas Hardie Commercials, says: “Without doubt this is one of the most exciting new truck orders I’ve ever taken! Paul and the team at Fox Group recognise that the future is electric, and we can help them to start making that a reality for their business right now.
“Placing the order drives home the message that series production electric trucks are available today to help the UK meet its net zero targets. I can’t wait to deliver them in!”