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2014-07-22

Renault begins trial of new electric lorry


Uruguay’s government-owned sole energy supplier, UTE, has become the latest company to convert to electric- powered transport, taking delivery of no less than 30 Renault Kangoo ZE.

Renault Trucks has begun a trial of a 16 tonne electric lorry in Paris with one of France’s oldest perfume houses, Guerlain.
Renowned for its electric car range, Renault is now turning its attention to electric lorries, with the new two year trial of experimental fully electric truck, run in association with Speed Distribution Logistic and the prestigious fragrance brand.
Renault remains a leading supplier of electric vehicles around the world, almost 42,000 of its EVs in operation globally.
The vehicle will be used to make deliveries to Maison de Parfums & Cosmétiques boutiques in the French capital over the two year trial, gathering data on the usability of electric lorries.
Based on the Renault Trucks D model, the new electric version will be subjected to a demanding work schedule, regularly covering delivering rounds over 200km (124 miles).
To cope with such long journeys, the truck will be recharged several times during each 24 hour operating cycle.
Its route between the Guerlain boutiques in Paris and its distribution centre have been planned so that it can carry out two partial recharges during the day and a total recharge between 7pm and 2am.
Capable of carrying a payload of around 6 tonnes, this electric truck is fitted with two big lithium ion battery packs, weighing a total of 2 tonnes and rated with a capacity of 170kWh. With a range of 120km (74mph) per charge, a full recharge takes around 7 hours.
“The initial tests we’ve carried out using this technology under real operating conditions with our customers have been very satisfying,” says Christophe Vacquier, Renault Trucks’ project manager. “We are now going further with Guerlain and Speed Distribution Logistique, using the vehicle on 200 km rounds which gives us confidence in the future of this technology.”
The test is scheduled to run until the end of 2015. A full appraisal will then be carried out, to assess the direction of further research.