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Welsh dairy unveils UK’s first electric tractor and trailer for milk haulage

15 Aug 2023 3 minute read
The UK’s first Battery Electric Vehicle tractor and trailer for milk haulage

A Welsh cheese factory that runs entirely on renewable energy is set to unveil the UK’s first BEV (Battery Electric Vehicle) tractor and trailer for milk haulage at this week’s Anglesey Show.

The Volvo BEV, which has a range of 190 miles (300 km) and includes three electric motors, generating 666 HP and has six batteries, containing 540kWh of energy, will be trialled for two weeks to prove the concept and results of the trial will enable the Dairy to move forwards with the project.”

Mona Dairy, which opened earlier this summer is a headline sponsor of the Show and will also display the new vehicle to special guests including Ynys Mon MP Virginia Crosbie, and Mark Spencer, Minister of State for Food, Farming and Fisheries of United Kingdom.

After moving into a 25,000 sq ft factory on Mona Industrial Park earlier this summer, the company is already undergoing a multi-million pound expansion to increase it’s capacity to eventually produce more than 30,000 tons of Welsh and continental cheese every year.

At the same time the dairy is taking action to lower the site’s carbon footprint still further by switching to electric vehicles for milk collection.

Decarbonisation

“We are proud to have been the first dairy in the UK to introduce the Volvo BEV HGV tractor and trailer combination, it’s the first step towards the complete decarbonisation of our transport,” MD Ronald Akkerman said.

“Electric trucks are much quieter for communities, for our drivers and for the farms that we collect milk from, which is especially important for night-time collections.

“The pumping system on our trailer is also electric, allowing for much faster and very quiet loading of milk on farm. The Welsh countryside is a perfect match for a BEV tractor unit, as it will recover a lot of energy from braking and converts it into the electrical power that charges the vehicle’s battery.”

Ynys Mon MP Virginia Crosbie added: “Mona Dairy is one of the most forward-thinking businesses on Anglesey, creating jobs and supporting the local economy while being at the forefront of advances in agriculture and sustainable food production.

“This latest development and move towards decarbonisation of its milk collection fleet is another first for the UK.

“All this fits in with my priorities of attracting investment and jobs to Ynys Mon in these growing and key industries that will be underpinned by the island’s new freeport status.

“I am fully supportive and thankful to Mona Dairy for the innovation shown in working towards net zero status while leading the way for the manufacturing industry in Wales and beyond.”

Speaking on behalf of Volvo and dealership Thomas Hardie Commercials, Key Account Manager David Hill said the truck has a range of 190 miles (300 km) and includes three electric motors, generating 666 HP and has six batteries, containing 540kWh of energy.


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Mab Meirion
Mab Meirion
9 months ago

Great truck, great cheese, shame about the ‘Special’ guest…

Fi yn unig
Fi yn unig
9 months ago

Neither spokesperson gave any credit to Crosbie or her party for this experimental see how it goes truck and it nowhere near fits in with her priorities which are, as a matter of undeniable fact, to divert funds away from Cymru into the coffers of her precious Union, not because she says so but by dint of being with the organisation she sits in. I don’t know who is conducting the wind up here but there is a gap of barely two feet between her tent and that of Plaids’ Rhun Ap Iorwerth which enjoyed an applauding gathered audience this… Read more »

Fi yn unig
Fi yn unig
9 months ago
Reply to  Fi yn unig

Just a second day footnote to the above. I had the pleasure of meeting Rhun today and his tent hosted a musical trio watched by another enthusiastic crowd. They ended their set with ‘Yma o hyd’. The neighbouring tent, with the two security guards still present, had to pretend it was going on two miles away instead of two feet. Despite containing themselves very well, they must have hated every minute of it. Of that I am certain. What joy! Diolch Rhun a team for sticking it to them but do not feel sorry for them. I am sure their… Read more »

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