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A major milestone has been reached in the electric vehicle revolution with the launch of the UK’s first practical 7.5 tonne electric truck, which is ideal for the urban daily deliveries market.

Sheffield-based Magtec, the UK’s largest supplier of electric vehicle drive systems, created the new vehicle in partnership with Paneltex, the Hull-based specialist vehicle bodybuilder.

The vehicle uses an Isuzu N75 chassis, can be provided in a variety of configurations and is available to order immediately.

The truck will be showcased at the UK’s premier low carbon vehicle event, Cenex-LCV, which takes place at Millbrook, Bedfordshire, this week.

Marcus Jenkins, founder and Managing Director of Magtec, said: “Concern over air quality in our cities is increasing and Magtec has developed the cutting-edge drive train technologies required to address this problem.

“We are now supplying a fully capable EV truck which can operate for a full day on a single charge.

“Every urban retail and leisure business with daily deliveries could be using electric vehicles as they are quiet, clean and safe.

“Vehicle operators can benefit from government subsidies to support their investment in proven clean transport technologies.

“They will also benefit from significantly reduced fuel costs by operating our electric trucks which can carry a heavier payload than their diesel equivalents.”

Chris Berridge, Managing Director of Paneltex, said: “Paneltex’s experience in the electrification of commercial vehicles, combined with Magtec’s development of electric drive systems, puts us in a unique position to be able to offer these vehicles as an effective alternative to diesel trucks.

“In urban and suburban environments, the efficiency of an internal combustion engine is reduced, whereas an electric vehicle is dramatically more efficient in these conditions.

“After a long-term development programme, our 7.5 tonne electric trucks are now ready for series production and we believe these vehicles will help drive the decarbonisation of the urban logistics sector.”

The Government is providing grants of up to £20,000 for businesses switching their large trucks to electric vehicles in the near future.

Business Secretary Greg Clark introduced the £4m subsidy scheme to improve air quality in towns and cities and “decarbonise” the transport sector.

The Government said electric vans and trucks have significant air quality benefits as they spend much of their time in towns and city centres.

About Magtec

Magtec is the UK’s largest supplier of electric vehicle drive systems. The company designs and manufactures drive systems for electric and hybrid commercial vehicles, including motors, gearboxes, generators, power controllers, battery systems and condition monitoring systems.

Magtec employs more than 70 highly skilled engineers across its two sites in Sheffield and Rotherham, including a large number of PhD qualified experts and apprentices.

Magtec supplies some of the world’s best-known automotive manufacturers and vehicle converters.

Magtec, the UK’s leading designer and manufacturer of electric vehicle drive systems, is creating a number of highly skilled new jobs to help the business take advantage of growth opportunities in the high-tech global industry.

The company will be recruiting for 19 engineering and related specialist positions to support the delivery of existing and new electric vehicle programmes in Britain and overseas.

These include the world-leading electric refuse collection vehicle currently being trialled in Greenwich, London, the innovative electric drive system for a 7.5 tonne commercial vehicle, which is ideal for the urban daily deliveries market, and a technology-enabled commercial vehicle project in northern Europe.

Magtec currently employs 71 people at its factories in Sheffield and Rotherham, adding 22 in the last financial year.

Marcus Jenkins, founder and managing director, said: “Our innovative and elegant engineering is attracting interest from all over the world.

“We want ambitious and energetic people to join our fast-growing business and help us make a global impact as a UK pioneer in electric vehicle drive systems.”

Roles include production engineers, production manager, service manager, demand planner, health and safety manager and design engineers covering the software, electronic, electrical and mechanical disciplines.

This year, Magtec has brought in young talent including apprentices recruited via Sheffield City College, engineering graduates recruited via the Sheffield City Region’s Rise programme, and teenage work experience placements welcomed from local schools.

New apprentice Alex Gorringe, 26, said: "I used to work as a butcher in Grimsby, but I always wanted to do something in engineering and now I am a mechanical assembly apprentice. 

"It's very hands-on at Magtec. I am paired with a senior colleague who is walking me through everything from start to finish.

"I am gaining lots of practical experience about how electric motors work. In the future, I hope to be able to use this experience in the design of our products.

"Working in electric vehicle drive systems is challenging, interesting and fun and I am surrounded by enthusiasts who want to make a difference in a sector which has a very bright future."

HR manager Sinead O’Neill joined the business in September 2017. She said: “We have ambitious growth plans. We have the world knocking on our door and we need to recruit.

“I am really excited about making Magtec a fantastic place to work. This company is going to change the world. What we do is amazing. We want to become an employer of choice in the North of England.”

About Magtec

Magtec is the UK’s largest supplier of electric vehicle drive systems. The company designs and manufactures drive systems for electric and hybrid commercial vehicles, including motors, gearboxes, generators, power controllers, battery systems and condition monitoring systems.

Magtec employs many highly skilled engineers across its two sites in Sheffield and Rotherham, including a large number of PhD qualified experts and apprentices.

Magtec supplies some of the world’s best-known automotive manufacturers and vehicle converters.

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