Interior building products distributor CCF, part of the Travis Perkins Group, has worked in collaboration with Electra, to launch the UK’s first 27 tonne curtainside Battery Electric Vehicle, with 287kwh traction batteries. It is launched today (April 19).
The product of three years of development driven forward by CCF, the new vehicle represents CCF’s commitment to drive innovation across its customer operations in support of a low-carbon future.
With a charge time of up to seven hours, the BEV has the capacity to cover up to 120 miles on a full charge. The CCF vehicle has been awarded a five-star rating under the London Direct Vision Standards, and has been fitted with a sensor system to alert the driver to the presence of vulnerable road users, an audible vehicle manoeuvring alarm, and a five-way camera monitoring system. Onboard weighing scales, telematics and vehicle tracking will also be used to monitor the BEV’s energy use in real time.
Catherine Gibson, managing director of CCF, said: “CCF is proud to have launched the UK’s first 27 tonne curtainside BEV. As a business we are always striving to raise the bar of our service proposition and make good on our Completely Customer Focused service approach. Being as sustainable as possible and investing in this vehicle is not only instrumental to CCF’s delivery operations across London, but will also help to reduce harmful emissions while contributing to the UK’s ambitious sustainability targets and journey to net-zero.”
Christina Calderato, TfL’s Head of Transport Strategy and Planning, said: “This is a pioneering electric vehicle for its size and is demonstrating the highest standards we look for both environmentally and for safety. New requirements for the Low Emission Zone and the Direct Vision standard are cleaning up the capital’s toxic air and reducing danger for vulnerable users. The innovation behind the manufacture of this vehicle is industry leading. The distance that can be covered on a full charge makes switching to zero emission viable for a commercial business and the latest vehicle safety technology, such as sensors and alarms, keep pedestrians and cyclists safe from harm.”