Renault ZE D Wide Low Entry

Centrepiece of the Renault Trucks stand at ITT Hub in Farnborough this week was a new 26-tonne 6x2 tag axle low entry, high direct vision chassis cab for urban applications such as refuse collection where it is aimed squarely at existing players including Mercedes-Benz and Dennis.

The D Wide ZE Low Entry Cab is powered by a 26okW motor and can be configured with different battery capacities up to 265kWh to enable it complete the vast majority of domestic refuse collection rounds on a single charge. Renault estimates the UK market for domestic refuse collection vehicles is around 2,000 vehicles a year and there has already been strong interest from several councils.

As well as zero tailpipe emissions the fully air-suspended cab should have a three star rating for TfL’s Direct Vision Standard, future proofing it for any requirements to enter London for several years to come.

Renault is now taking orders for the chassis cab and deliveries will begin later this year. Renault is guaranteeing the batteries for up to 10 year to give buyers peace of mind and already 13 of its dealer sites have technicians trained to maintain electric vehicles with more coming.

James Charnock, Renault Trucks commercial trucks and services director, said Renault was working closely with customers to spec the vehicle and recharging system correctly to minimise the need to upgrade electrical supplies, and it is expected the majority of D Wide ZEs will charge their 600V batteries overnight on a single phase AC supply.

Charnock said that by 2025 across Europe Renault was aiming to see electric vehicles accounting for at least 10% of sales to ensure it meets the EU target of reducing CO2 emissions by 15%, based on 2019/20 levels.

Accommodating the driver and up to three operatives, the two-step cab gives easier and safer access and is 200mm lower than a standard D cab. A ‘kneel’ function in the air suspension can drop the front of the vehicle a further 70mm.

As well as refuse collection, Renault Trucks expects strong interest from urban distribution, light construction and building supplies operators.