Bridlington MP becomes a truck driver

Greg Knight behind the wheel of a Zeroed electric lorry.
Greg Knight behind the wheel of a Zeroed electric lorry.

BRIDLINGTON’S MP Greg Knight has turned his hand to a spot of truck driving.

Mr Knight got behind the wheel of a new innovative electricity-powered five ton truck – one of the first in the country to go on the road.

Produced by Paneltex of Hull, the refrigerated delivery vehicle has zero emissions and is converted from a standard Isuzu van.

Joining the MP on the test drive was Chris Tallett, electrical technician from Paneltex, who helped to develop the vehicle.

Mr Knight drove the vehicle on the A165 and said he was “very impressed, not only with its turn of speed, but with its eco credentials”.

“At present the vehicle is best suited for local deliveries as it has a battery range of about 100 miles, but there is no doubt that electric vehicles will have an important, growing role to play in the future,” he said.

And he praised Paneltex for pioneering the development of the electric truck.

“Small electric vehicles have been around for years and are still being developed, but there has not been much progress on producing a large commercial truck in electric form because of the huge drain on the batteries.

“The traditional lead acid battery just cannot do the job, but Paneltex has produced a vehicle which runs on lithium-ion batteries – which are the sort that mobile phones use – and they have clearly made a breakthrough in that this is a viable, refrigerated delivery truck and I hope it does well,” he added.