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Retail park invests in second electric truck

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Hedge End retail park has invested in its second electric truck.

The park recently took delivery of a Alke ATX 110E road-going electric vehicle with an articulated trailer. The purchase follows the successful deployment of the park’s first ATX last year. Both vehicles were supplied by ePower Trucks, the exclusive UK dealer for Alke.

Stewart Kybert, centre manager for Hedge End Park, said: “We wanted vehicles that were environmentally friendly, but that also gave us a great deal of operational flexibility. ePower Trucks ticked all the boxes in terms of quality product, excellent customer service and most importantly the ability to tailor the vehicles to our specific requirements.”

The vehicles are primarily used for shopping trolley collection across the 36 acre site, which is situated between Southampton and Portsmouth. However Hedge End has also invested in a snow plough attachment that can be easily de-mounted when not required. Furthermore, the trailer bodies have different specifications to further improve flexibility.

“For the new vehicle we chose a drop-sided trailer so we can also use it for landscaping as well as trolley duties,” added Stewart. “Also the plough gives us the capability to react very quickly to heavy snow fall, whereas in previous winters we were reliant on bringing in outside contractors to clear the roads and our 1,800 car parking spaces.”

The Alke ATX 110E is a compact and agile electric utility truck and is fully road-legal, travelling up to 45 miles on a single charge. The versatile vehicle can tow up to 2,000kg and carry 500kg payloads. It can be fully recharged in just 8 hours and running costs are just pennies per mile. The lead acid batteries are also fully recyclable at end of life and are cost-effective to replace. Standard features include regenerative braking and high quality, proven components such as a Curtis controller.

With powerful electric motors, the Alke trucks are equally at home off-road and on it, making them ideal for applications ranging from grounds keeping and facilities maintenance to horticulture, farming and security, as well as last-mile urban deliveries.

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