Electric vehicles get put to the test on City of London roads
The firm says that its test runs of the tipper vehicle show that they can, on average, travel 70 miles per charge, with a typical day seeing vehicles working on between 10 and 20 separate jobs. These range from making safe damaged bollards, paving, kerbs, potholes and erecting signs.
John Holliday, senior contracts manager at FM Conway, commented: 'Vehicles that use alternative fuels are one element that can contribute to a sustainable future. The City has stringent air quality targets and we ourselves have targets to cut fleet emissions.
'These trials, while a success, will be analysed to ensure that vehicles of this type are useful for the job they have to carry out. City of London is a small authority but the 70-mile charge limit may be an issue in the larger authorities.
'And, while there is a two-tonne maximum carrying capacity, this limits the type of work that can be carried out. It performed well for the City as the type of work didn’t require it to carry too much.'
Just under 7% of The City of London’s cleansing fleet is made up of electric vehicles, based on milk floats, with several that have been adapted into tipper vehicles for night-time operations and some specialist day works. A further 4% of the fleet utilises LPG fuel.