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Five minutes with… Gerard Galvin, Managing Director of ETRUX

18 January 2024 #Features & Interviews

Tell us about ETRUX?

ETRUX is a leading vehicle conversion specialist and rental fleet operator which helps public and private sector organisations to reduce carbon emissions in their fleet operations.

Building on our experience in lightweight composites and advanced materials, we manufacture commercial vehicles that deliver enhanced payload and improve fuel efficiency. With a focus on increasing the robustness of business fleets, we aim to balance functionality with performance.

Our 100,000 sq.ft. state-of-the-art facility located in County Antrim houses the entire manufacturing process from design to manufacture, testing and delivery. At the forefront of design and technology, we have also formed partnerships within the commercial vehicle network that enables us to offer our customers a full 360° vehicle solution.

Working with both small and large organisations across the private and public sectors, we are totally committed to manufacturing vehicles of the highest quality, whilst also retaining a competitive price.

To support businesses needs, we offer flexible finance options which include hire purchase, contract purchase, finance leasing, operating leases, contract hire and outright purchase.

What vehicles do you offer customers?

Types of vehicles we can offer include welfare units in both vans and trailers, temperature-controlled vans and 7.5t trucks, Luton bodies with tail-lifts, fridges/freezers and fully insulated panels, as well as utility and specialist conversions, campers and adventure vans.

Tell us about your link-up with Magtec?

We have placed a multi-million pound order with electric vehicle drive manufacturer Magtec for a fleet of MEV75s, the new 7.5 tonne electric truck approved for use in the UK.

The MEV75 is designed for daily urban operations including last-mile logistics, waste collection and refrigerated deliveries and is ideal for low emission zones. The standard 80kWh version has a range of up to 100km, a charge time of up to four hours and a life cycle of up to ten years.

The deal with Magtec represents the largest single order to date for the vehicle. Full ratification for use in the UK means it is eligible for a government plug-in grant, offering fleet managers a discounted purchase price and reduced monthly finance option.

ETRUX will make the MEV75 available to customers through our extensive and growing sales network.

Can you give us more details about the MEV75?

The MEV75 utilises an Isuzu glider chassis and is equipped with a full electric drive system designed and manufactured by Magtec in the UK. ETRUX has developed a range of Luton, refrigerated, curtainsider and drop side options for the vehicle.

Magtec secured GB Small Series Approval for the MEV75 earlier this year in a significant milestone for the company. The scheme is applicable for manufacturers wishing to place vehicles and components on the market in Great Britain.

We are hugely excited to be offering the MEV75 to fleet operators, which will help them to meet net zero targets. This groundbreaking agreement with Magtec signifies our commitment to the advancement of the market for electric commercial vehicles.

Etrux has an ongoing commitment to the development of quality products that help reduce emissions.

Gerard Galvin, managing director of ETRUX

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