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