After ten years of
experimentation under actual operating conditions with its customer-partners,
Renault Trucks has unveiled its second generation of all-electric vehicles: the
Renault Master Z.E., Renault Trucks D Z.E. and Renault Trucks D Wide Z.E., a
complete range from 3.1 to 26 tonnes ideally suited for use in the city.
The Renault Trucks D and
Renault Trucks D Wide Z.E. will be manufactured in the Renault Trucks plant at
Blainville-sur-Orne and will arrive on the market in 2019. The Renault Master
Z.E. will be available in 2018. The trucks will be displayed at the IAA
Commercial Vehicles 2018 in Hanover from Sept 20 to 27, 2018 in Germany.
To keep pace with the changing
face of urban transport, Renault Trucks, a pioneer in the field of
electromobility, is launching its second generation of electric trucks. The
Renault Trucks Z.E. line-up, consisting of the Renault Master Z.E., Renault
Trucks D Z.E. and Renault Trucks D Wide Z.E., ranging from 3.1 to 26 tonnes,
covers the full gamut of urban uses from goods distribution and delivery to
refuse collection. Renault Trucks has been preparing for the shift to electric
vehicles for the past ten years.
For Renault Trucks, electromobility was the
obvious response to urban air quality and noise issues from the outset, as well
as cut overall CO2 emissions. For over
ten years, the company has been field testing electric trucks with its
customer-partners in order to garner crucial information about usage, battery
behaviour, charging facilities and specific maintenance requirements.
These real-world tests have also enabled
Renault Trucks’ customer-partners to help their own customers come to an
acceptance of electric technology. Renault Trucks has over a decade of
experience with all-electric trucks thanks to the Renault Maxity. “Ten years’ ago, we were the pioneers,
promoting electric trucks to improve city air quality”, explains Renault Trucks
President Bruno Blin, adding that, “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. Ten years’ ago we were
pioneers, today we are experts.”
Zero emission in use for unrestricted access
The latest technological advances have made
electric trucks an economically viable alternative for hauliers, leading
Renault Trucks to launch a complete Z.E. range. However, strict the regulations
may be in urban zones, the vehicles in the Renault Trucks Z.E. operate
seamlessly in compliance. They are the perfect solution to safeguard air
quality and reduce congestion as they allow noise-free out-of-hours deliveries
and emit neither local pollutants nor CO2.
Some prominent names in
freight haulage have already opted for electromobility. One such company is XPO
Logistics “At XPO, we have led by example as the transport industry becomes
increasingly aware of the need for alternative power”, said Luis Gomez,
managing director-transport, XPO Logistics Europe. “We commend our supplier
Renault Trucks for investing in the development of electric vehicles that offer
a practical way to achieve zero emissions*. Renault Trucks is shaping the
future of commercial transport in an evolving regulatory environment.”
Suez is also following the release of the
Renault Trucks Z.E range with interest. “We are delighted to see a competitive
new industrial solution arrive on the market and to be able to partner with Renault
Trucks,” explains Edouard Hénaut, executive director local authorities services
at Suez. “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.”
The Renault Master Z.E., which will be
released in September 2018, is ideal for last-mile deliveries and provides
access to inner-city areas even those with strict traffic restrictions. The
battery of this all-electric utility vehicle takes six hours to charge.
Its loading volume is the same as a
conventional diesel Renault Master as the batteries are mounted under the front
seats. The Master Z.E. range comes in six variants (four panel vans and two
platform cabs) designed to meet all the requirements of professionals working
in urban environments.
Lastly, to protect the driver and the load and
keep city-dwellers safe, the Master Z.E. is outfitted with a reversing camera,
reversing radar system and wide-view mirror as standard features.
Trucks D and Renault Trucks D Wide Z.E. for urban deliveries and refuse
The specially designed 16 t version of the
Renault Trucks D Z.E. is ideal for urban and controlled temperature deliveries.
The Renault Trucks D Wide Z.E. will come in a 26 t 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
Z.E. vehicle has an operating range of up to 300 km depending on usage and
battery configuration. The battery pack is the most expensive item when buying
an electric truck. For Renault Trucks, there is no question of compromising on
payload or cost-effectiveness, so different operating ranges will be available
tailored to customers’ exact needs.
Thanks to rapid DC charging,
the Renault Trucks D Z.E. and Renault Trucks D Wide Z.E. lithium-ion batteries
can be fully charged in as little as 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 perfectly sufficient.
For maximum flexibility in
terms of usage and bodywork, the Renault Trucks D Z.E. and Renault Trucks D
Wide Z.E. are equipped with a power take-off and a standard mechanical
Source: IAA Commercial Vehicles 2018
Olectra Greentech Limited launched its first luxury mini
electric bus. Manufactured in India, the zero-emission electric bus eBuzz K6
LuXe is first electric bus in its category in the country. The bus is aimed at
providing a luxurious travel to high-end commuters while using alternate form
of energy. Another variant of K6 with 22 seats was launched on World
Environment Day earlier this year, and have been exported to Nepal, and is
available for Indian markets as well. The eBuzz K 6 LuXe bus was unveiled by N.
K Rawal, Managing Director – Olectra Greentech Ltd.
The 7-metre aesthetically designed Air-Conditioned luxury
coach has a seating capacity of 11 + D (Driver), offering highly comfortable
rides to the commuters - be in on the smooth roads, patchy roads, hilly
terrains or meandering routes. These electric buses are manufactured in India
by Olectra Greentech in a strategic tie-up with BYD Auto Industry Co. Ltd –
world’s largest electric vehicle company.
The bus with a monocoque chassis offers power up to 180
KW and 1800 Nm torque equipped with smart Front and Rear Air suspension. The
premium recliner push back leather (Upholstery material) seats provides extra
cushioning to the passengers and makes even a long-distance travel comfortable.
eBuzz K6 LuXe also offers industry leading strong safety features including
front and rear disc brakes with ABS, CCTV Surveillance, real time tracking,
passenger information system, seat belts, short circuit protection, battery
over-temperature protection and lightning protection, which makes to making it
one of the safest travel options. It can be driven consistently at maximum
speed of 80 kmph as per the Motor Vehicle Act guidelines.
The lithium-ion (Li-ion) Battery installed in the bus
enables it to travel up to 200 plus kms in a single charge. It also offers the
option of electrical regenerative braking which on facility which enables the
bus to recover part of the kinetic energy lost in braking. The battery can be
fully recharged in between 3-4 hours using an AC Charging. The ebuzz K6 LuXe is
built with a unique 'aluminique body as per AIS 052 and UBS-II specification as
prescribed introduced by the Automotive Research Association oOf India (ARAI).
N. Nagasatyam, Executive Director – Olectra Greentech
Ltd. said, “Olectra-BYD has been pioneer in the electric public transport
system in India. The new eBuzz K6 LuXe enables us to tap the high- end
customers looking for an eco-friendly and comfortable road transport option. We
are proud to enable the country to adopt Electric Mobility much faster and reap
the benefits of our eco-friendly Zero emission electric Buses which are also equipped
to travel in any kind of terrains as present in the diverse geographies in the
Olectra Greentech Ltd. has supplied 25 electric buses to
HRTC and 6 electric buses to BEST. Recently, Olectra-BYD emerged as the winner
for the bids to supply 200+ Electric Buses to various major STUs.
The company had also launched eBuzz K9 and eBuzz K7 which
are 12m and 9m respectively. K7 is India’s first commercially running Electric
Bus which started operating in September 2017 between Kullu-Manali under Himachal
Roadways Transport Corporation (HRTC) for the general publicpublic. Recently,
it has started its operations between Manali-Rohtang pass also. The company is
also running its Electric Bus eBuzz K7 in Mumbai under Brihan Mumbai
Electricity Supply and Transport Undertaking (BEST). Apart from this the 12 m
variant, K9 has successfully completed its trials in Bangalore, Delhi,
Chandigarh, Goa, Rajkot, and Hyderabad, etc.
Olectra-BYD buses have completed more than 3,200,000 Kms
on Indian roads.
recently concluded SIMA agribusiness show in Paris, France, India=based Balkrishna
Industries Ltd. (BKT) exhibited as world première the largest size of tyre the
company has ever built for a radial agriculture tyre. It was the Agrimax Force,
in the version IF 750/75 R 46, with a diameter of not less 2.30 meters
Agrimax Force is BKT’s most popular and most appreciated tyre
range. Agrimax Force is the ideal combination of efficiency, productivity,
flexibility, and resistance. This latest-generation tyre has all qualities to
equip high-power tractors over 250HP. Thanks to the IF technology, Agrimax
Force operates with a lower inflation pressure compared to a standard tyre carrying
the same load. Besides, it offers tilling equipment a larger footprint on the
soil leading to high flotation capacity plus a uniform load distribution of
loads at low pressure.
Other tyres showcased by the company included the FL 630 Super
sized 650/55 R 26.5 in the new version with HD (Heavy Duty) compound.
Especially designed for the combined use on the road and in the fields, FL 630 Super
is part of the Flotation range that distinguishes by extraordinary flotation
features. Thanks to its robust structure, the tyre ensures excellent traction
and superb road holding even if cornering or performing other maneuvers. The
particular tread design ensures great grip on any type of terrain conferring
the tyre also top self-cleaning properties. Thanks to the HD compound, FL 630 Super
is now able to carry 50% more load compared to the standard version.
BKT’s distinguishing mark at trade shows is a crystal-clear
huge tractor made of not less than 1,500 kg of plexiglass. This time it was equipped
with Ridemax IT 697 in its new M+S marked size (Mud+Snow). Ideal for winter
applications, the particular tread grooves and the special compound ensure
extraordinary stability on terrains covered by snow and ice. Yet, Ridemax IT
697 M+S is an all season product designed for road transport, and green
maintenance and cleaning operations. Also in this case, it is a new size,
namely 710/70 R 42 that is fitted on the tractor’s rear axle, whereas the front
axle is fitted with version 600/70 R 30.
Also shown was the Earthmax SR 31 on display in size 20.5 R
25 designed for multipurpose usage for wheel loaders both on construction sites
and on farm yards. Distinguishing marks are excellent traction and handling
plus best riding comfort. The special tread compound is particularly resistant
against cuts and high temperatures ensuring a long tire life-cycle. In
addition, multilayer steel belts plus the rigid block design stand for
extraordinary traction and stability even on muddy terrain.
the world’s leading supplier of automotive cameras, has developed the Dual-cam
two lens camera specifically designed for the commercial truck market and to be
used in concert with other ZF ADAS technologies.
of ZF’s S-Cam4 family of automotive grade cameras, the Dual-cam is designed to
help meet varying global regulatory requirements and delivers advanced
functions such as Traffic Sign Recognition, Lane Keeping Assist and Centering
and object and pedestrian detection to enable Automatic Emergency Braking.
help ensure these technologies work effectively on commercial trucks a second
lens is necessary for some of these advanced functions,” said Dan Williams,
head of ADAS and autonomy for ZF Commercial truck applications. “For example,
for pedestrian AEB in some instances a standard mono-camera with a 52-degree
field can limit the ability to detect pedestrians or other vulnerable road
users with enough time to actuate the brakes and help avoid or mitigate
accidents for larger trucks in complex environments,” he added.
a second lens also enables redundancy for Level 2+ functions - if one lens
becomes blinded or non-functional the second lens helps ensure the camera can
still operate due to multiple optical paths.
camera technologies feature best-in-class optical performance and an enhanced
fusion envelope. When combined with a full suite of the company’s ADAS
technologies such as forward looking and corner radar, automated functions such
as lane change assist, and traffic jam assist are enabled. These functions can
form the basis for technologies such as truck platooning to make long haul
trucking safer and more efficient.
has a long history of commercial truck ADAS supply for major European truck
makers and will launch an advanced ADAS system for a major Japanese
manufacturer in 2020.The launch will include ZF’s first application for its
Image Processing Module where camera images will be processed in a separate
unit from the camera housing.
its SEE-THINK-ACT approach ZF is shaping advanced safety and autonomous driving
in the commercial truck market with environmental sensor technologies that can
“see” the surroundings, powerful processing units employing Artificial
Intelligence such as ZF’s ProAI family of super computers that can “think” for
the system and intelligent mechanical systems that can “act” to provide
enhanced levels of vehicle control.
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