Friday 16 April 2021

Renault joins low-entry electric market

A low-entry cab version of Renault Trucks’ electric D Wide ZE is now available in the UK.

Accommodating the driver and up to three operatives, the cab design enables greater movement within the vehicle, and easier and safer access and egress from a vehicle entry height 200mm lower than a standard Renault Trucks D cab. An additional ‘kneel’ function can drop the front of the vehicle a further 70mm. This combination offers easier access, reducing strain and fatigue for crews on urban cycles that require them to climb in and out of the cab up to 100 times a day.

Developed in close co-oper-ation with Dutch bodybuilder Estepe, the Renault Trucks D Wide ZE LEC is offered as a 6×2 rigid tag with steered rear axle. As well as refuse collection, Renault Trucks expects strong interest from light construction, building supplies and distribution operators keen to offer the best possible service to their urban customers.

Carlos Rodrigues, managing director of Renault Trucks UK & Ireland, said: “Renault Trucks’ electric models enable operators to service the needs of our cities with a range of zero tailpipe emissions vehicles. The introduction of a low entry cab model opens up those vehicle types where ease of access and sensitivity to vulnerable road users are particular priorities, including domestic refuse collection and urban delivery services.

“The D Wide ZE LEC’s easier access and excellent direct vision will allow customers to operate more cleanly, more safely and more productively, whilst meeting the highest environmental ambitions.”

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