Renault unveils low-entry electric RCV

By Categories: NewsPublished On: Thursday 21 September 2023

Renault Trucks has launched a new electric truck into the UK’s low-entry cab refuse collection market.

The 26-tonne E-Tech D Wide LEC, shown at the recent Re­source and Waste Management Expo at the NEC, features a bus-style inward-folding nearside door for easy crew entry and exit.

Comfort and access are further improved with bus-style air sus­pension all round, including a kneeling function.

A 26-tonne E-Tech D Wide LEC 6×2 with conventional door open­ing to 90 degrees was also on show, built on a 3,900 wheelbase and mounted with Dennis Eagle Olympus 21W body and Terberg OmniDEL Xtra Low Level Split Au­tomatic Bin Lift.

Both vehicles are configured for a driver and three operatives, with easy cross-cab access and plenty of onboard storage space.

They are powered by Renault Trucks’ latest 375 kWh E-Tech traction batteries with four battery packs of 94 kW each located in the wheelbase, and twin motors delivering 260 kW continuous and 370 kW peak, with 850 Nm torque.

Renault Trucks’ larger battery packs provide up to 40 per cent more capacity compared to pre­vious models and are said to be ideal to power the longer running times, multiple bin lifts and waste compaction demanded by inten­sive refuse collection operations.

Renault Trucks’ all-electric RWM line-up also included an 18-tonne E-Tech D 4×2 built on a 3,900mm wheelbase and mount­ed with Hyva 2012XL skip loader body.

Powered by 265 kWh traction batteries with four battery packs of 66 kW, and charging from 22 kW to 150 kW, it features reduction gearbox with two
forward speeds and one reverse, and single reduction final drive axle with integral differential lock for off-road traction.