EFL League Two football club Forest Green Rovers has acquired its first all-electric team minibus, a Renault Trucks Master E-Tech, in the latest of a string of successes on and off the pitch.
The new 14-seat L2H2 MWB, painted in the team’s lime green and black kit colours, replaces an older diesel model and will be used primarily to transfer the Forest Green Rovers’ Academy and Ladies teams between training grounds.
The minibus provides a range of about 80 miles that is ideal for local routes, supporting local marketing events in Gloucestershire and transporting VIPs on match days, cutting an estimated 6.4 tonnes of CO2 emission each year.
Minibus Options, approved by Renault Truck’s Ready for Business range, converted the vehicle, and local servicing will be provided by Renault Trucks Commercials in Bristol.
The minibus is powered by an R75 electric motor and 33kWh batteries charged using 100% green energy from power firm Ecotricity, which includes some energy generated from solar panels on the club’s stadium roof.
Dale Vince, Chairman of Forest Green Rovers, currently in second place in League Two, said: “Renault Truck’s new minibus is a great addition to FGR’s growing fleet of electric vehicles. It’s perfect for our academy and will help us as we drive the last bits of fossil fuel use out of the club and our carbon footprint to zero.”
Alex Williams, Renault Trucks’ Head of Brand and Communications, said: “As the first commercial vehicle dealer network in the UK to commit to net zero by 2030, Renault Trucks firmly shares Forest Green Rovers’ sustainability ambitions.”