ETRUX Places Multi-Million Pound Order With Magtec For Fleet of 7.5 Tonne Electric Trucks

ETRUX, the advanced manufacturer and commercial vehicle specialist, has placed a multi-million pound order with Magtec for a fleet of MEV75s, the new 7.5 tonne electric truck approved for use in the UK.

The MEV75 is designed for daily urban operations including last-mile logistics, waste collection and refrigerated deliveries and is ideal for low emission zones. The standard 80kWh version has a range of up to 100km, a charge time of up to four hours and a life cycle of up to 10 years.

The deal with electric vehicle drive manufacturer Magtec represents the largest single order to date for the vehicle. Full ratification for use in the UK means it is eligible for a government plug-in grant, offering fleet managers a discounted purchase price and reduced monthly finance option.

ETRUX is a leading vehicle conversion specialist and rental fleet operator which helps public and private sector organisations to reduce carbon emissions in their fleet operations. It will make the MEV75 available to customers through its extensive and growing sales network.

The MEV75 utilises an Isuzu glider chassis and is equipped with a full electric drive system designed and manufactured by Magtec in the UK. ETRUX has developed a range of Luton, refrigerated, curtainsider and drop side options for the vehicle.

This ongoing commitment to the development of quality products that help reduce emissions is something that Gerard Galvin, managing director of ETRUX is passionate about, he said: “We are hugely excited to be offering the MEV75 to fleet operators, which will help them to meet net zero targets. This groundbreaking agreement with Magtec signifies our commitment to the advancement of the market for electric commercial vehicles.”

Magtec secured GB Small Series Approval for the MEV75 earlier this year in a significant milestone for the company. The scheme is applicable for manufacturers wishing to place vehicles and components on the market in Great Britain.

Andrew Gilligan, managing director of Magtec, said: “We are thrilled to be working with ETRUX and helping to meet increasing demand for zero emissions transport. We are very proud of the MEV75, which is the ideal solution for clean urban logistics operations.”

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Choosing The Right Lightweight Commercial Vehicle For Your Daily Needs

Lightweight commercial vehicles (LCVs) are a popular choice for businesses of all sizes. They are versatile, cost-efficient, and easy to manoeuvre, making them ideal for a variety of tasks. However, with so many different LCVs on the market, it can be difficult to choose the right one for your needs.

In this blog, we will have a look at the different types of LCVs available, including the most popular makes and models. Unfortunately, there is no ‘one size fits all’, but hopefully armed with a little more information we can help you on your quest to find the ideal van for your business.

What is a lightweight commercial vehicle (LCV)?

Firstly, for those that are unsure what a LCV is, a LCV is a vehicle that is used for commercial purposes with a gross vehicle weight of less than 3500kgs. LCVs are typically smaller and more efficient than heavier commercial vehicles, making them ideal for businesses that need to transport goods or people in urban areas.

What size or type of van will I need?

LCVs are a diverse group of vehicles, therefore there are many different types available on the market, all offering their own unique set of features and benefits. Which we can break down into four simple categories, as follows:

Box Vans: Also referred to as a ‘Luton van’, it is a chassis cab truck with an enclosed cuboid shaped cargo area. Typically used to transport goods, this vehicle type is ideal for a removal or delivery company, often built with a tail lift for easier access with heavier goods.

Transit Vans and Mini Vans: often referred to in the industry as cargo vans, they are without a doubt one of the most popular vans on the road. Designed for ultimate productivity, they are used by many industries, that includes construction, pharmaceutical, food and beverage and couriers. Available in a range of sizes, from the larger Ford E-Transit or the Renault Trafic, to the smaller Citron Berlingo or the well-rounded Volkswagen Caddy.

High Panel Vans: High panel vans are perfect for transporting large or bulky items. They have a higher roof than standard ‘transit’ vans, which offers more space to load and unload cargo. Seen as a more versatile and spacious option, high panel vans guarantee increased cargo space and easier loading and unloading. Examples include the MAN TGE or Mercedes E-Sprinter.

Pick-up Trucks: are practical, reliable and capable workhorses that offer all the comforts of a car. Not a popular LCV in the UK, they tend to more favoured in the US, where they have seen the arrival of hybrid and electric pick-ups. The most popular pick-up trucks in the UK are the Ford Ranger, Toyota Hilux and the Volkswagen Amarok.

Electric or Internal Combustion Engine (ICE)?

With environmental and societal pressures intensifying to reduce carbon emissions, there is no doubt that the future of a company fleet is electric.

From 2035 the UK government are banning the sale of new petrol and diesel vehicles, followed by hybrids in 2040. Whilst going electric is becoming inevitable, there are so many benefits to EVs that include:

• Electric vehicles cost less to run compared to vehicles with internal combustion engines.
• EVs have fewer moving parts, therefore have lower service and maintenance costs.
• The production of EVs produce fewer emissions than the production of a traditional vehicle.
• They don’t have engines, which means they are very quiet and produce less noise pollution compared to traditional vehicles.
• EVs accelerate quickly and reach a high-top speed.
• They have no tailpipe emissions, therefore reduces air pollution.
• Can be powered using a renewable energy source such as solar and wind power.

To summarise, a lightweight commercial vehicle is an asset to any business. However, it is important to choose a model that aligns with the needs of your business, that maximises potential and offers longevity.

At ETRUX, our specialist team can help you to choose the right vehicle for the job. Our experienced team will carry out an in-depth feasibility study, which includes assessing operational needs, vehicle suitability, range and drive cycles, annual mileage, cost of diesel and servicing and maintenance. To find out more go to:

Latest trends in EV Van Technology

With over 43,000 electric vans on the roads in the UK it is clear that the EV industry is growing at a steady pace. In June 2023, the SMMT reported that just over 7,000 new electric vans were registered in the UK, that is an increase of 15.5% compared with the same period last year.

There’s now a wide variety of electric vans available to purchase, hire or lease, ranging from large panel vans such as the Mercedes e-Sprinter and Ford e-Transit to compact models like the Citroen e- Dispatch and Volkswagen ID Buzz Cargo. With growth comes new technological advancements, and in this blog, we investigate how the EV market is evolving and what we can expect in the future.

How Are Businesses Adapting to EV?

Where initially many companies were hesitant, it’s clear to see that the attitudes of both business owners and the wider public are changing. In the latest Volkswagen commercial vehicle annual survey, results showed that 70% of van drivers in the UK thought that an electric vehicle would be a viable alternative for their business, this is a 40% increase on previous years!

As companies come under increasing pressure to look at greener transport to meet with the UK governments net zero targets, the automotive industry must scale up and adapt to meet the increase in demand. Tesco has committed to a fully electric home delivery fleet in the UK by the end of 2028 and other large companies such as Amazon, FedEx and IKEA are all following suit and investing heavily in transitioning their fleets to electric. According to Vansdirect, electric vans now account for approximately one in 24 of all new van sales in the UK. IKEA has also joined the host of businesses who are installing EV charging points at all of their locations to make it easier for drivers to charge their vehicles.

What Are Manufacturers Doing to Improve The Performance Of EVs?

One of the primary concerns many van drivers have when it comes to switching to an EV is the mileage range and if they will reach their destination on one charge. Battery technology is advancing, and EV ranges are increasing to over 250 miles on a single charge – proving that EVs are not only environmentally friendly but economically efficient.

This extra mileage is largely down to how electric vehicles are being manufactured. With the development of innovative, lightweight and robust components vehicle manufacturers are able to maximise payload per journey and lower overall transportation costs in the process. Lightweight components are not affecting reliability with many EV owners reporting a significant decrease in service and maintenance costs required for their electric vehicles unlike their petrol or diesel equivalents. According to the RAC, electric and hybrid vehicles have proven to be some of the most reliable vehicles on the road.

Improvements in Battery Technology

Distinctively the heaviest component of an electric van is the battery. However, battery manufacturers are working on ways to make the lithium-ion batteries lighter. These new types of batteries allow for greater energy storage in tighter, lighter frames giving the vehicle a longer range and greater efficiency. Batteries are also proving to be highly reliable, with many manufacturers offering longer warranties.

Advancements In Charging

One of the main barriers to adopting electric vehicles is the preconceived idea that there is a lack of infrastructure and charging technology readily available. Whilst this may have been the case in the past, there are currently 47,737 charging points dotted across the UK, representing a 40% increase on July 2022 and with new charging points being installed in towns and cities across the UK everyday there are no signs of it slowing down. In March 2022, the UK government pledged £1.6 billion worth of funding for public chargers as part of their Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Strategy.

A number of studies have shown that the vast majority of EV drivers would not go back to driving a petrol or diesel vehicle after making the switch to an electric vehicle, demonstrating that people are happy with their decision to move fully electric and are beginning to embrace the benefits.

To make charging vehicles easier there are a range of apps available to download onto a mobile device that will show EV drivers where charging points are located, enabling them to plan their driving routes accordingly. It is also possible to pay for charging using the app. With several apps designed specifically for business users, they will help fleet managers to manage their drivers, payment information and collaborate on the go via the app.

Companies are increasingly being encouraged to consider future proofing their fleets in line with the UK governments regulations. London is among a number of other UK cities that have announced new Ultra Low Emission Zones (ULEZ) and Low Emission Zones (LEZ) aimed at deterring drivers from driving vehicles that do not meet the minimum emission standards, and any vehicles that are not compliant will be charged a daily fee, whereas EVs that do comply will be able to drive free of charge.

Many companies and organisations are committed to ESG strategies with the aim of reducing their emissions and improving their carbon footprint. A large percentage of their plans are focused on reducing transport emissions, and the so-called ‘race to decarbonise’ has led to many businesses making the switch EV ahead of 2030.

If you’d like to join the list of businesses that have seen the benefits EVs have to offer, why not contact the team at ETRUX at where our team can take you through the process of transitioning your fleet and making your transport reliable, efficient, and fit for the future.

JANS Group sponsors QUB Formula Racing Team

TWO companies within the JANS Group, ETRUX and JANS Composites, are sponsoring the Queen’s University Formula Racing (QFR) team as they compete in the Institute of Mechanical Engineers’ Formula Student event at Silverstone, which is being held this weekend.

Formula Student is Europe’s most established engineering competition and this year celebrates its 25th anniversary. The competition aims to develop enterprising and innovative young engineers and encourage more young people to take up a career in engineering.

Both companies, ETRUX and JANS Composites, have utilised the engineering expertise and knowledge to produce tooling for composite components to ensure that the build was made of as lightweight construction as possible. And as part of the partnership, ETRUX has provided team support vehicles to transport the team and their battery powered single-seater racing car to the event.

Dr Geoff Cunningham, QFR’s team principal said; “QFR was excited to collaborate with JANS Composites on the design and manufacture of the bodywork for the 2023 car. The team at JANS has a strong background in composite manufacture for the automotive sector and have been well placed to take the QFR bodywork to the highest level. We would like to thank Gareth, Ciaran and the wider team at JANS Composites for their enthusiastic support.”

“We were also very pleased that their sister company, ETRUX, assisted on preparations for the Formula Student 2023 competition. ETRUX has extensive experience in coachbuilding light-duty commercial and leisure vehicles and has a growing footprint in the development of electric variants. So, there were many areas of common interest. The organisation has a thriving vehicle hire business and has kindly supplied QFR with commercial vehicles for the long drive to the Silverstone Circuit. We would like to thank Gareth and the team at ETRUX for their immense support.”

QFR is a student-led team that designs, builds and races a single-seater car in the Formula Student competition. The team consists of engineering students from Queen’s University Belfast, who apply their skills and knowledge to create innovative solutions for the challenges of motorsport. The team aims to achieve excellence in engineering, teamwork and leadership, while promoting STEM education and inspiring future generations of engineers.

Some of the ETRUX engineers have competed in Formula Student during their studies and recognise the fantastic opportunity it gives budding automotive engineers ahead of their careers in industry.

Gareth Pinkerton, Head of Engineering at ETRUX and JANS Composites said: “As a former member of the QFR team, I recognise how valuable this competition is in starting the career of many young engineers. It is also a fantastic networking opportunity with a global range of students, universities, companies and technologies.

“I acknowledge that the technology and engineering within these cars has significantly moved on since I competed in 2001, with full electric powertrains now being developed. This fits perfectly with the ETRUX brand. From what we have seen of the QFR car this year, I have no doubt it will be a great success and we are very proud to have played our part in helping the team and the next generation of engineers.”

QFR was founded in 1999 by Dr Geoff Cunningham to provide high quality experience relevant to the automotive and motorsports sectors. Since then, QFR has produced 16 cars and won several awards at the annual competition for design and performance on the track.

While all cars up to 2019 were based around a 600cc motorcycle engine, all subsequent designs have been based on a fully electric powertrain. The team has finalised their new car for the July 2023 competition at Silverstone Race Circuit where they are targeting a top 10 finish from the 100+ international teams that have entered.

What Is Range Anxiety?

There are over 840,000 fully electric vehicles on the roads in the UK, and around a third of the drivers say that they have experienced range anxiety. So, what is range anxiety and what is being done or what can be done to eliminate it?

Range anxiety is that feeling of dread when EV drivers consider driving long distances. It’s the fear of running out of power whilst driving and ending up stranded by the side of the road with no access to a charging point.

What Causes Range Anxiety?

There are two main factors that cause range anxiety, the first one is the public’s perception that there is a lack of public charging points available. Not all EV users are fortunate enough to have charging points at home or at the workplace and therefore they rely heavily on the public charging infrastructure.

Secondly, there is a lack of fast charging points which are accessible to the public. This was highlighted as a major problem last Christmas when charging points on the motorways were overwhelmed and there were queues of Tesla cars as families tried to travel across the width and breadth of GB to visit relatives.

So, what is the UK Government doing to improve the EV infrastructure?

As stated earlier, there is a misconception that public EV charging points are very few and far between. There are more than 61,000 public charge points across the UK at over 22,000 locations and that’s more charging points than there are fuel stations but is it enough?

Given that the UK government has made a commitment to cease the production of petrol and diesel cars by 2030, it recognises that it must invest heavily in the EV charging infrastructure to gain public support, ease concerns and most importantly meet carbon zero targets.

To date £1.6BN has been invested to help expand the UK charging network. £950M of this will go towards the rapid charging fund which will see improvements across motorways and major roads over the next six months. This includes plans to implement at least six rapid charge points at every motorway service station across England by the end of 2023. And a further £20M is being invested to providing 1,000 new electric vehicle charge points in areas across the country where infrastructure is lacking the most.

This substantial investment by the UK government will have a massive positive impact on the UK’s efforts to meet their net zero targets and the advancements in the EV charging framework alone will see the transition from carbon to zero emissions become more obtainable and realistic.

The transition simplified

With more resources available for the public to avail of, drivers will feel much more confident about switching from fuel to electric vehicles and range anxiety will be no longer a common term.

However, for transport managers, who are under immense pressure to meet their company’s ESG strategies, transitioning their entire commercial fleets to zero emissions may be a somewhat daunting and overwhelming concept.

At ETRUX, we understand that fleet managers are facing many challenges which include the uncertainties around the capabilities of electric vehicles, along with productivity and efficiency posing a major factor.

That’s why at ETRUX, we have developed our ground-breaking EVolve programme to help simplify the transition to net zero fleets.

Not only does the EVolve programme help you with the initial change of your fleet, but our four-phase model ensures your organisation has professional guidance throughout the entire process. The four phases include a fleet feasibility study that will provide a road map for your organisation, where we help you source the right vehicles and charging solutions to suit your organisation’s needs. We also help to maintain your vehicles and manage fleet end of life disposal.

Thinking and planning ahead is essential in today’s marketplace so to find out more about our EVolve programme email

Supporting Excellence and Growth

Congratulations to our ETRUX team members, Gareth Pinkerton and Philip Hanna, who recently graduated from the Advanced Manufacturing Leadership programme at Queen’s University Belfast.

Sponsored by the Department for the Economy (DfE), with support from the QUB Bright Minds initiative and Centre for Competitiveness, the five-month programme is designed to develop practical and effective management and leadership skills for manufacturing supervisors, helping them to lead with confidence, improve manufacturing operations and develop innovation.

We look forward to seeing the benefits of Gareth and Phillip’s participation in the programme across ETRUX.

Pictured left to right are: David Paulson, Professor of Practice at Queens Management School; Philip Hanna, ETRUX Team Lead; Edel Healy, Head of Team Support at JANS Group; Gareth Pinkerton, ETRUX Lead Engineer; Gerry Galvin, ETRUX Managing Director; William (W.) Ussher, Senior Executive at Centre For Competitiveness.


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