Renault Trucks will launch a range of electric vehicles in 2019. These all-electric trucks are designed for use in urban and peri-urban areas and will be produced at the Renault Trucks plant at Blainville-sur-Orne in Normandy, France.
This range capitalizes on the experience gleaned from ten years of testing electric trucks in real-life conditions with its customer-partners.
Renault Trucks has been investing heavily in electromobility research and development since 2009, focusing on extensive field testing in partnership with its customers. Real-world tests on various types of experimental full-electric 12-16 tonne trucks—Speed Distribution for Guerlain, Stef for Carrefour, Nestlé and the Delanchy Group—have provided Renault Trucks with information on conditions of use, battery behavior, recharging facilities and specific maintenance requirements for electric trucks.
In addition to these experimental vehicles, a 4.5-tonne electric truck has been on the market since 2010, the Electric Maxity.
Our commercial experience with the Electric Maxity has enabled us to bring our network up to speed on selling, servicing and repairing electric vehicles. Today’s electric vehicles are a competitive solution, which was not the case in 2010.—François Savoye, in charge of Renault Trucks’ energy efficiency strategy
Renault Trucks can leverage the R&D resources of the Volvo Group, benefit from tried and tested technology and harness the synergy between different entities working on all-electric vehicle development such as buses.