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Four new Volvo FH Electrics for The Ashcourt Group

The Ashcourt Group have taken delivery of four new Volvo FH Electric 6x2 tractor units as the business looks to accelerate its sustainability ambitions The Ashcourt Group have taken delivery of four new Volvo FH Electric 6x2 tractor units as the business looks to accelerate its sustainability ambitions

Latest additions to truck fleet help accelerate haulage company’s sustainability ambitions

THE Ashcourt Group have taken delivery of four new 44-tonne Volvo FH Electric 6x2 tractor units – the biggest single order in the UK to date for the manufacturer’s largest zero-tailpipe emission model.

The new trucks will be deployed within the company’s aggregates division, operating from its facilities at Queen Elizabeth Docks and Foster Street, in Hull, and Pocklington, near York, delivering to customer sites.


Supplied by Crossroads Truck and Bus, the FH Electrics arrive as additions to The Ashcourt Group’s truck fleet, to help service the company’s increasing order book.

Opting for electric rather than diesel-powered units to satisfy this need, operations director Emily Summerson said: ‘Across the whole Group, we’re making a conscious effort not to follow but to set the benchmark within the construction industry when it comes to decarbonization.

‘These electric Volvos perfectly complement our ongoing investment in providing sustainable construction materials, with their arrival marking a significant step towards achieving our environmental goals.

‘Having now witnessed their operational performance and the carbon-reduction potential first-hand, we’re convinced that electric mobility has a vital role to play in our sector. We’re looking forward to placing more orders for electric trucks in the near future.’

The FH Electrics – sporting the Group’s distinctive light blue livery – have been equipped with the maximum six batteries, offering an approximate driving range of up to 300km and a recharging time of just 2.5h using a 250kW DC charger.

Each truck also features three electric motors generating up to 666hp and 2,400Nm of continuous torque, handled by a unique traction control system designed to master even slippery surfaces. Different drive modes are available to allow drivers to fine-tune their desired performance, comfort, and energy usage levels accordingly.

Just as with customers ordering diesel Volvo FH trucks, the FH Electric uses the standard I-Shift gearbox, which delivers a smooth and comfortable driving experience. On these trucks, this is complemented by a Volvo Drive+ package, adding fully electronic air-conditioning with carbon filter and sun, mist, and air-quality sensors, an electrically operated roof hatch, and dual armrests plus leather upholstery.

The Ashcourt Group also opted for the Volvo Dynamic Steering system, which provides effortless steering and great manoeuvrability, and Adaptive Cruise Control.

‘Our drivers have all given glowing feedback on the FH Electrics, especially with regards to how comfortable and quiet they are to drive,’ added Ms Summerson. ‘The specification ultimately makes their lives far easier.’

The spacious Globetrotter cabs have also been equipped with satellite navigation, and a Living+ package to include additional cab storage, a bottle holder, and a fridge/freezer.

Operating across Yorkshire, North Lincolnshire, and the North East, the Ashcourt Group is a family-run organization with more than 500 employees. The business supplies a range of building materials and fuels, while also offering skip hire, waste collection, plant hire, as well as construction, civil engineering, and demolition services. 


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