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13th July 2022


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 – capable of delivering over 10,000 pints of beer per day to pubs, as part of its sustainability efforts.

The two fully electric Renault Trucks will be on the road by the end of July this year, both E-Tech D Wide models weighing in at 26 tonnes and 18 tonnes[1]. The vehicles are ideal for urban distribution, including routes into London’s Ultra Low Emission Zone, and will deliver freshly brewed beer to pubs on a daily basis, operating out of the company’s Cardiff and Thurrock (Essex) distribution depots.

The move to two, fully electric vehicles will see the brewer replace up to around 19,000 diesel-fuelled road miles per vehicle per year[2]. 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.

CMBC has also installed charging points at the Cardiff and Thurrock depots which will be powered by electricity from renewable sources. For drivers, the cleaner, quieter electric engines reduce noise and vibrations in the cab for a more comfortable working environment.  And as the vehicles are almost silent, they reduce road noise in urban areas and can therefore be used during unconventional hours.

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 150 kilometres 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 UK 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 has selected the E-Tech D Wide to deliver its beer more sustainably. To have one of the UK’s largest brewers make this hugely significant shift to electric vehicles, powered by clean, renewable energy, shows CMBC is acting now to advance the urgent fight against climate change.

“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.”

Renault Trucks has a comprehensive range of 100% electric trucks, from 3.1 to 26 tonnes ready for immediate use, meeting both current and future requirements of businesses seeking to reduce their carbon footprint in urban environments.

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[1] E-Tech D18 Wide and D26 Wide: GVWR of 18 tonnes and 26 tonnes each + 1 tonne dispensation for alternatively-fuelled vehicles.
[2] Based on 260 days use per year. Daily range of E-Tech D Wide Electric HGV is up to 74.5 miles (120 km).

Notes to Editors:

  • As an example, working on a similar urban distribution cycle, a fully electric Renault Trucks E-Tech D18 Wide can take approximately 17.4 tonnes CO2 off the road each year, based a typical diesel powered 18 tonne vehicle with fuel consumption of 13mpg, CO2-equivalent per gallon of diesel of 11.91 kg, assuming 19,000 miles driven.
  • E-Tech D18 Wide at GVWR of 18 tonnes + 1 tonne dispensation, permitting the truck to operate at 19 tonnes, equipped with 3×66 kWh batteries, operating range up to 120km
  • E-Tech D26 Wide, GVWR of 26 tonnes +1 tonne dispensation, permitting the truck to operate at 27 tonnes, equipped with 4 x 66 kWh batteries, operating range up to 150km.

About Carlsberg Marston’s Brewing Company
Carlsberg Marston’s Brewing Company is one of the newest yet historic brewers in the UK. Formed out of a joint venture between Carlsberg UK and Marston’s PLC, who are both shareholders, the brewer combines over 300 years of shared values, history and heritage in UK brewing.

The brewer provides its customers and consumers with an unrivalled portfolio of lagers, ales and craft beer brands from the very best of two master brewing teams, plus those under license from valued partners. These include lagers such as Carlsberg Danish Pilsner, Carlsberg Expørt and Poretti; premium cask and packaged ales, including Hobgoblin, Marston’s Pedigree and Wainwright; brands under license including Shipyard, Erdinger, Warsteiner and Kirin; a broad selection of alcohol-free beers; plus distribution of the Brooklyn Brewery craft portfolio.

Carlsberg Marston’s Brewing Company also owns and operates a brewery and distribution network across the UK, including the Carlsberg brewery in Northampton; Marston’s in Burton upon Trent; Banks’s in Wolverhampton; Wychwood in Witney, Oxfordshire; Jennings in Cockermouth, Cumbria; Ringwood in Hampshire; and Eagle in Bedford; plus a National Distribution Centre in Northampton and 15 UK-wide distribution depots.

Press release from Carlsberg Marston’s Brewing Company

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