A new electric gritter lorry could soon be keeping the UK’s roads ice free during the cold winter months following an announcement from winter maintenance firm Econ Engineering that it has teamed up with Volvo to deliver the country’s first zero-emissions gritting truck.

Following in the tyre prints of the growing number of electric HGVs and bin lorries hitting the UK’s roads, the Electric Quick Change Body (E-QCB) is a fully electric model that the two companies have developed as a prototype.

The model features Econ’s bodywork, which uses hydraulic rams to enable the vehicle to switch from gripping to tipping mode in just 15-minutes, and has been built on a 19-tonne Volvo FE Electric 4×2 chassis.

The companies said the new truck is the result of a close working partnership between Econ’s research and development team and product specialists from Volvo Trucks as well as dealer Crossroads Truck &

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