Park Cliffe holiday park in the Lake District has purchased an all-electric truck for estate management duties.
The Alke ATX 210E utility truck from ePower Trucks, is deployed in a wide range of applications on the 25-acre site, from towing trailer-loads of 47-litre gas cylinders to grounds maintenance and site cleaning.
“We didn’t think an EV would be able to cope with the terrain, as it is very hilly,” said co-owner Susan. “But the Alke can do everything that the Land Rover we previously used was expected to do. Our employees really like it, especially the improved visibility from the cab.”
The ATX 210E is a road-legal electric truck that is equally comfortable working off-road. Park Cliffe’s vehicle has a hydraulic tipper body with a tarpaulin cover, providing a payload of 635kg. The powerful electric motor offers a maximum towing capacity of 2,000kg. Independent MacPherson front suspension struts and a De-Dion rear axle help to ensure permanent wheel grip and reduce the risk of skidding.
Located near Windermere, Park Cliffe holds a gold standard David Bellamy Conservation Award. It is known for its rich variety of wildlife, including badgers, buzzards, and roe deer.
“The truck is much quieter than the Land Rover, so it minimises impact on the wildlife and also doesn’t disturb our guests,” said Susan. “However, it isn’t completely silent, so people can still hear it coming, which is an important safety element on a busy site like ours.”