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Renault Trucks is ramping up its commitment to electro-mobility with a pledge to offer an all-electric model for the distribution sector, construction industry and longer-distance routes by 2023.

The announcement supports the manufacturer’s ambition to ensure its fleet is carbon-neutral within 30 years, with a view to stopping the sale of fossil fuel vehicles by 2040.

Renault Trucks already offers a range of all-electric vehicles from 3.1 tonnes to 26 tonnes, comprising the D ZE, D Wide ZE and the Renault Trucks Master ZE, which are aimed at the urban distribution and waste collection sectors.

It now plans to extend this to offering an all-electric ZE tractor unit for regional transportation and a model designed for construction sector use by 2023.

This will be followed later this decade with a range of hydrogen fuel cell powered trucks for demanding, heavier long-haul operations.

To achieve its zero-emission ambitions, Renault Trucks has created a dedicated electro-mobility R&D outfit within the business.

"Electric mobility is the pillar of our strategy and we aim to lead the field," said Bruno Blin, president of Renault Trucks. "We're aiming for 35% of our sales to be electric in 2030. By 2040, all our vehicle ranges will be 100% fossil-free."

Renault Trucks will be developing strategic partnerships within its R&D work, as well as working with parent Volvo Group to increase volumes and reduce costs. This includes sharing work carried out by Volvo Group's new development unit dedicated to medium-tonnage vehicles, which Renault said is a core segment for the phased introduction of electro-mobility for trucks.

It will also work with Volvo Energy to tap into its work around second life and recycling of batteries, as well as charging solutions.

A purpose-built team has also been created to help market the new electric range and support Renault Trucks’ customer base in getting the right technology for their individual requirements. Support will also be provided to customers when it comes to batteries, charging facility installation in depots, energy optimisation, vehicle maintenance, finance and insurance.

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