Renault Trucks has revealed details of its new generation of electric trucks, with a model range from vans through to 26 tonnes GVW and applications including last mile, urban distribution and refuse collection.
Renault Trucks’ President, Bruno Blin, said: “Ten years ago we were the pioneers, promoting electric trucks to improve city air quality.
“Today we can offer a range of electric vehicles with proven performance and the experts in our network are ready to help our customers’ transition to electromobility.”
The Renault Master ZE van will be available from September, and next year the 16-tonne Renault D ZE and 26-tonne Renault D Wide ZE models will go into production.
Renault Trucks claimed its electric vehicles were now economically viable alternatives to conventional power for hauliers, and the perfect solution given the rapid advance of Clean Air Zone plans across the UK.
Reduced congestion could also be a benefit, as the ZE vehicles allow for noise-free out-of-hours deliveries if local authorities allow this.
The Renault Master ZE, GVW 3.1 tonnes, battery takes six hours to charge and its loading volume is claimed to be the same as a conventional diesel powered Renault Master, as the batteries are mounted under the front seats. Renault claims a real-world operating range of 300km.
The specially designed 16-tonne version of the Renault Trucks D ZE is ideal for urban and temperature-controlled deliveries and the Renault Trucks D Wide ZE will come in a 26-tonne version for efficient refuse collection. Both models will be manufactured at the Renault Trucks plant in Blainville-sur-Orne, Normandy, France in the second half of 2019.
A medium-duty Renault Trucks ZE vehicle has an operating range of up to 300 km (190 mls) depending on usage and battery configuration. The 26-tonne Range D Wide ZE will have a real-world operating range closer to 200km.
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Thanks to rapid DC charging, the Renault Trucks D ZE and Renault Trucks D Wide ZE lithium-ion batteries can be fully charged in one to two hours via the 150 kW Combo CCS connector.
For overnight AC charging, the time to fully charge a 300-kWh battery is 12 hours. In this case, a three-phase 380V 32A industrial power socket is required.
Both XPO Logistics and Suez have run previous generations of electric-powered trucks from Renault.
Edouard Hénaut, executive director local authorities services at Suez, said: “We are delighted to see a competitive new industrial solution arrive on the market and to be able to partner with Renault Trucks.
“This new electric truck offering will allow Suez to help its customers reduce their carbon footprint thanks to a zero-emission environmentally-friendly and silent refuse collection solution.”