Vehicle news round-up (11/11/21)

With news on: Linde to supply Sherbourne Recycling with electric forklifts; Recycling Lives awards Renault Trucks electric skip-transporter deal; ISS switches company cars to electric and hybrid technology; and, EMR invests in JCB electric teletrucks.

Linde to supply Sherbourne Recycling with electric forklifts

Vehicle manufacturer Linde Material Handling is to supply council-owned Sherbourne Recycling with five X20-X35 electric forklifts for its materials recycling facility (MRF) in Coventry.

Established in 2021, Sherbourne Recycling is to develop and operate the MRF on behalf of eight local authorities.

The X20-X35 electric forklifts supplied by Linde

Linde says the X20-X35 is “capable of meeting performance standards where conventional electric trucks reach their limits”, including mastering large gradients, achieving long-term high handling rates, and operating in the presence of large amounts of dust and dirt.

Greg Paradowski, technical operations manager at Sherbourne Recycling, said: “This project is all about creating a world-leading materials recycling facility that will be sustainable for the future, so it’s important to us that we have a fully electric fleet of forklift trucks from day one.

“We thought this would be a challenge, as typically you would see engine trucks operating in such applications, but Linde had the perfect solution.”

Recycling Lives awards Renault Trucks electric skip-transporter deal

Waste management company Recycling Lives has signed a seven-year contract hire deal with Renault Trucks for two electric skip-transporter trucks.

Recycling Lives has worked with Renault Trucks to co-design a bespoke electric skip loader vehicle. The deal follows a successful trial of Renault’s 16-tonne test vehicle at the Recycling Lives’ site in Preston in July.

(l-r) Andrew Scott, head of electromobility and product, Renault Trucks; Carlos Rodrigues, managing director, Renault Trucks; Gerry Marshall, CEO, Recycling Lives; Eddie Hollingsworth, head of transport operations, Recycling Lives; and, James Charnock, commercial trucks and services director, Renault Trucks

The skip transporters will use Renault’s 18 tonne D Wide Z.E. vehicle base and will arrive early in 2022 for use in daily operations, servicing commercial and household clients.

Gerry Marshall, Recycling Lives’ CEO, said: “A significant driver for our business is innovation. These vehicles are an industry first, and they’ll be a standard element of our fleet over time.

“They have been specifically designed for us to deliver optimum operational efficiencies, and it was critical for us that we partner with an international organisation that matches our values and our ambitions.”

The 3900mm wheelbase vehicles are specified with four 66 kWh battery packs, which Recycling Lives says gives an operating range of up to 150km on a single charge. The contract includes repair and maintenance.

ISS switches company cars to electric and hybrid technology

Vehicle safety company Innovative Safety Systems Ltd (ISS) says it is “stepping up its mission to be more sustainable” by converting most of its company car fleet to electric and hybrid technology.

The company has also installed a Zaptec electric vehicle charging station at its head office in Pershore, Worcestershire.

The Zaptec charging station at the ISS head office in Pershore, Worcestershire

Gavin Thoday, ISS’s founder and CEO, said: “We are delighted to be able to support our own electric fleet as well as provide charging facilities for our customers and colleagues.

“We are impressed with the Zaptec solution, which enables us to monitor and analyse our usage. We are very grateful to the team at Bridge Power for taking care of everything for us.

“In terms of improving our sustainability this is just the beginning. We are looking across every area of the business to see where we might be able to work smarter and reduce our carbon footprint.”

ISS provides vehicle safety technology and an integrated fleet management software solution called Fleetclear to operators across a diverse range of industries, including waste management.

EMR invests in JCB electric teletrucks

Metal recycler EMR Metal Recycling says it has “further invested in its sustainable infrastructure” with the order of an unspecified number of JCB electric teletrucks.

When contacted by, a spokesperson for EMR said they could not confirm the number of vehicles they had ordered.

Ian Sheppard is managing director of metal recycling at EMR

EMR says that the JCB 35-22e teletrucks they have ordered can operate for up to eight hours with 80% battery charge and come equipped with 360˚ visibility and single level control.

The investment forms part of EMR’s plans for all of its sites become carbon net-zero by 2040.

Ian Sheppard, managing director of metal recycling at EMR, said: “EMR’s order of these teletrucks is another significant steppingstone on our company’s journey towards net-zero.

“Over the next 20 we will strive forward in our journey to become a fully decarbonised business and JCB’s innovative technology highlights that this investment in sustainability will also have benefits across our business, whether that’s by improving the safety of our staff or the efficiency of our processes.”


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