Loughborough University is lowering its road vehicle emissions and saving money, after buying two new electric trucks.
The Alke ATX 200E utility vehicles, supplied by ePower Trucks, can travel up to 50 miles on a single battery charge, will carry 500kg and tow up to 2,000kg. ePower Trucks fitted one with a high mesh cage, for waste collection, while the other has a fully enclosed van box body. The vehicles are used by the maintenance team across Loughborough’s 437 acre, single site campus.
The vehicle uses around 4p per mile in electricity; a saving of up to 80% compared to a diesel van. The simplicity of the electric motor means that maintenance requirements – and costs – are also a lot lower than on a diesel vehicle. Even when powered by National Grid electricity, the Alke ATX 200E still reduces CO2 emissions by up to 50%.