A brand new Electric Vehicle Gritter is set make its debut this evening in Hertfordshire as the first gritting run of the season is expected at around 7pm tonight.
In a pilot, the first of its kind in the south-east, the Electric Vehicle Gritter will head out from its depot in South Mimms for the first time, providing a cleaner, greener and more sustainable way to keep Hertfordshire’s roads safe as temperatures plunge.
A smaller cycleway gritting tractor, which was trialled last winter and helps cyclists keep travelling actively over the winter period, will also be out and about on the run alongside a 57 strong fleet of our usual gritters.
The fleet will be on standby ready to keep the county moving across the winter.
Phil Bibby, Executive Member for Highways at Hertfordshire County Council, said:
“We’re really excited to be trialling this new Electric Gritting Vehicle. It’s really versatile as it can be used year-round. It comes with three different bodies – a winter spreader body, an end tipper for highway maintenance works and a caged body for use in refuse collection and fly tip removal. We’ve already used it over the summer to help with some of these tasks, but we’re looking forward to testing it for the wintry weather that’s forecast to head to the UK over the next few weeks.”
For further information on how to be prepared for wintry weather and how Hertfordshire County Council are with you this winter, please visit: We’re with you this winter | Hertfordshire County Council