VMS Fleet Management has announced the launch of what it says is the first full-electric traffic management truck, the L3H1 vehicle, based on a Renault Truck Master Z.E. chassis cab,.
The vehicle is currently on long-term rental with Kier Group.
The Master Z.E. L3H1 3.1-tonne vehicle was supplied to VMS Fleet Management by Renault Trucks UK before going to CPD Bodies Ltd to be converted into a electric traffic management vehicle, reports Transport Engineer.
Already working with VMS on the Master Z.E. L2H2 welfare van, Kier Group then worked with VMS to help create a prototype EV traffic management vehicle for their rental fleet to help Kier create a greener fleet for the future.
Features include: S&F rear folding ramp, arrest system, toolbox, access steps and handles, ‘toast rack’ for signage and reverse alarm and camera.
This vehicle is planned to be the first in a new family of electric traffic management vehicles and it will be joined by a 5.2-7.5-tonne vehicle in 2021 and a large 18-26 tonne vehicle in 2022, which will all be heading to Kier when complete for long term rental and evaluation. The 3.1 tonne traffic management vehicle will be thoroughly tested over the following 12 months, first at Kier’s Lohac (London Highways Alliance Contract) in southeast London and then on to other highways contracts.
The vehicle on test has a range of up to 124 miles on a single charge depending on route topography, load and driving style.
Author: Adrian Tatum