Scotland to trial an all-electric road gritter unit from Bucher

Transport for Scotland will be trialling an all-electric gritter unit from Swiss company Bucher Municipal along the Forth Bridges this winter.
Road Structures / February 27, 2020
Transport for Scotland Electra
Transport for Scotland will use the Electra 100% Electric Gritter SEIV 19 – 350 on the Forth Bridges this winter

The Electra 100% Electric Gritter: SEIV 19 – 350 is a version of Bucher’s Phoenix Electra in which a 48V electrical system replaces the usual hydraulic systems. It is powered by a lithium battery and brushless motors with dedicated and integrated inverter. Bucher says that the set-up avoids power losses and allows independent and proportional energy absorptions and management for each motor.

Lithium technology also allows battery partial charge during the salt refilling operation, even if the battery is not flat.

The carrier vehicle needs no modification because the Phoenix Electra is not run off the truck’s power. It is a real plug-and-play that can be mounted on each truck having adequate load capacity, savings all costs related to the truck installation and equipment.

Transport for Scotland said it has 213 gritters at over 40 depots across the country. Specialist route-specific snow plans have been produced, in conjunction with road operators and Police Scotland, for the M8, M74, M77 and M80 motorways, following the significant snow events of recent years.

Scotland’s salt barns are full and hold almost 550,000 tonnes, which is more salt than was used during the whole of last winter.

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