Saturday 27 February 2021

Battery boost for Renault Trucks electrics

Renault Trucks has extended the ranges of its battery-powered heavy trucks, and introduced a 3.5-tonne version of its electric van.

In the heavy truck segment, a new 66 kW/h battery pack has been introduced. This gives operators the option of specifying total battery capacities from 200 to 400 kW/h, allowing a wide range of payload and endurance options.

With 400 kW/h in total (6 x 66 kW/h packs), the Renault D ZE 16-tonner can cover up to 400 km on a single charge.

Maximum range of the 26-tonne D Wide ZE is now 180 km.

Renault has already sold two ZE trucks to UK operators: bakery giant Warburtons is taking a Range D which will be fitted with a box body, and recycling specialist Suez a D Wide refuse collection vehicle. Both are currently being bodied.

Additionally, there is now a 3.5-tonne version of the Master ZE van. Like its 3.1-tonne stablemate it is available in three lengths and two heights. Chassis-cab versions for specialist bodybuilding are on the way.

Swiss operator Rhyner Logistik has equipped a Renault D Wide ZE with solar panels in the body’s roof to power a refrigeration unit (pictured). The truck supplies supermarket chain Denner.

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