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Carlsberg introduces electric trucks to logistics fleet

Carlsberg Marston’s Brewing Company (CMBC) is introducing two fully electric HGV trucks to its logistics fleet – the largest in the UK operated by a brewer – as part of the company’s Together Towards ZERO sustainability efforts. 

The two fully electric Renault Trucks, one 26 tonnes and one 18 tonnes, will be on the road by the end of July. The vehicles will operate out of the company’s Cardiff and Thurrock (Essex) distribution depots and can deliver 10,000 pints to pubs per day.

Switching to two fully electric-powered vehicles will see the brewer replace up to around 19,000 diesel-fuelled road miles per vehicle per year. The partnership with Renault Trucks is a proof-of-concept trial, and if successful, has potential to see additional electric trucks introduced into CMBC’s existing fleet of 270 traditional vehicles in the future.

To support its fledgling electric fleet, CMBC has also installed charging points at the Cardiff and Thurrock depots which will be powered by electricity from renewable sources.

Sarah Perry, vice president of customer supply chain at Carlsberg Marston’s Brewing Company, said: "We are delighted to partner with Renault Trucks in beginning our journey to introduce fully electric vehicles into our fleet. The pilot is the latest step towards achieving our ambition of zero carbon footprint across our value chain, as part of our Together Towards ZERO sustainability programme.

"With the trucks capable of travelling up to 150km on a single charge, the urbanised areas of Cardiff and Essex are the ideal routes to test the potential of electric vehicles in our logistics network. This launch is potentially transformational to us as a brewer and logistics operator, but also in terms of helping pubs to build back greener after the pandemic."

Carlos Rodrigues, managing director of Renault Trucks UK and Ireland added: "At Renault Trucks, we share CMBC’s ambitions for a net zero future, and we are proud CMBC have selected the E-Tech D Wide to deliver its beer more sustainably.

"We look forward to more organisations joining us in the coming months and years as companies take the necessary steps we must all embrace to achieve net zero."

22 July 2022 - Bethany Whymark