Paneltex lights up the CV Show with all-electric display


In a departure from its traditional diesel vehicle display at the CV Show, all four vehicles on the Paneltex stand were electric vehicles, confirming the company’s commitment to alternative powered vehicles. Not only were the four trucks electric powered, but three of the trucks also featured Paneltex refrigerated bodies specified with all-electric refrigeration systems.

Announcing details of their all-electric stand, Paneltex’s managing director Chris Berridge said, “Towards the end of 2018 we announced that Paneltex would be adding electric vehicles to its product portfolio with a commitment to these becoming production vehicles. At the show, we highlighted four different models from our production range of electric vehicles, with a diverse selection of bodywork that confirms the potential applications for this type of exciting new product.”

There were two 7.5 tonne Paneltex electric vehicles based on the Isuzu N75 rigid chassis on the stand. One of these vehicles had a Paneltex refrigerated body with a GAH electric refrigeration system that is powered by the traction batteries. This vehicle also featured triple rear doors with a nearside access door as well.

The second vehicle based on the Isuzu 7.5t chassis featured an insulated dry freight body with curved roof and a Dhollandia 1tonne tail lift. With an impressive payload of 3460kgs, this makes this model an ideal vehicle for the parcel carrying industry.

Both the Paneltex 7.5t vehicles had a payload benefit of more than 200 kg over the equivalent traditional diesel engine trucks and with an 80-kWh battery pack, the vehicles have a potential journey distance of 80 miles when fully loaded. The vehicles also featured fully electric cab heaters.