June 21, 2024

Tarmac Trials All-Electric Tipper Truck to Cut Carbon Emissions

Tarmac Trials All-Electric Tipper Truck to Cut Carbon Emissions

Materials manufacturer Tarmac has embarked on an innovative project to trial a battery-electric tipper truck, marking a significant step in its efforts to reduce carbon emissions by 30% by 2030. This initiative, in collaboration with London-based electric truck manufacturer Tevva and bodywork specialist Brit-Tipp, showcases Tarmac's commitment to sustainability and environmental responsibility.

Development and Collaboration

The development of the all-electric tipper truck began in 2022, driven by Tarmac's goal to source alternatively fueled heavy goods vehicles (HGVs). Tevva, known for its expertise in electric truck manufacturing, provided the electric chassis, while Brit-Tipp, a specialist in truck bodywork, designed and secured type approval for the truck bodies. This collaboration has significantly streamlined the vehicle registration process, enabling a faster rollout of the new technology.

The 7.5-tonne Tevva electric tipper truck is designed for efficiency and environmental benefits. Assuming an average usage of 80 miles per day, or 2,500 miles per month, the truck consumes 1.31 kW/hour. This translates to a monthly saving of over 2.2 tonnes of CO₂ emissions compared to a diesel truck of the same size. Such a reduction is crucial in Tarmac's broader strategy to lower its carbon footprint and contribute to a more sustainable construction industry.

Operational Benefits

In addition to its environmental advantages, the electric tipper truck offers several operational benefits:

  • Reduced Fuel Costs: Electric vehicles typically have lower operating costs compared to their diesel counterparts, leading to significant savings over time.
  • Lower Maintenance Requirements: Electric trucks generally have fewer moving parts than traditional diesel engines, reducing maintenance needs and associated downtime.
  • Quieter Operation: Electric vehicles produce less noise, which can be beneficial in urban areas and during night operations, reducing noise pollution and improving the quality of life for nearby residents.

Tarmac's trial of the all-electric tipper truck is a clear demonstration of its commitment to sustainability and innovation in the construction industry. By investing in green technology and exploring alternative fuel options, Tarmac is paving the way for a cleaner, more efficient future.

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