First all-electric truck for winter service18 August 2011

A forward-thinking company has invested in the UK's first all-electric truck that can be fitted with a gritter and snow plough.

Birmingham-based building maintenance firm Drewmark Building Services has purchased an Alke ATX280E all-electric truck, as part of its contract to maintain the facilities of a leading utility company.

The Alke truck has a range of up to 50 miles on a single charge and is fully road legal. The flat bed can carry a 1,000kg payload and the versatile vehicle can tow up to 3,000kg.

Drewmark's Robert Pinches says: "We wanted an electric truck because it is more energy efficient and better for the environment. However, it was vital for us that we could still deliver a high-quality service to our client, all year round.

"The capability to fit a snow plough and gritter ensures we can deal with pretty much anything Mother Nature throws at us during wintertime."

John Challen

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