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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.

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