Renault Trucks unveiled its second generation of all-electric vehicles: the Renault Master Z.E., Renault Trucks D Z.E. and Renault Trucks D Wide Z.E., a complete range from 3.5 to 26 tonnes designed for use in the city.
Renault Trucks’ Master Z.E., which will be released in September 2018 comes with a battery that takes six hours to charge. Its loading volume is the same as a conventional diesel Renault Master. Renault Truck claims that the Master Z.E. range comes in six variants that are designed to meet all the requirements of professionals working in urban environments and even has the loading volume of a conventional diesel Renault Master. Master Z.E. comes with a reversing camera, reversing radar system and wide-view mirror as standard features.
The 16-ton version of the Renault Trucks’ D Z.E. is designed for urban and controlled temperature deliveries. The Renault Trucks D Wide Z.E. will come in a 26-ton version for efficient refuse collection. Both models will be manufactured at the Renault Trucks’ plant in Blainville-sur-Orne, Normandy, France in the second half of 2019.
The medium-duty Renault Trucks Z.E. vehicle comes with a claimed operating range of up to 300 km, depending on usage and battery configuration.
The Renault Trucks D Z.E. and Renault Trucks D Wide Z.E. lithium-ion batteries can be fully charged in as little as one to two hours through rapid DC charging. As per spec sheets, for overnight AC charging, the time to fully charge a 300-kWh battery is 12 hours.
Renault claims that the real-world tests conducted for over 10 years have enabled Renault Trucks’ customer-partners to help their own customers come to an acceptance of electric technology. Renault Trucks has over a decade of experience with all-electric trucks thanks to the Renault Maxity.
Renault Trucks’ President Bruno Blin said, “Today, we can offer a range of electric vehicles with proven performance and the experts in our network are ready to help our customers transition to electromobility.”
However strict the regulations may be in urban zones, Renault claims that its vehicles operate seamlessly in compliance with solutions to safeguard air quality and reduce congestion as they allow noise-free out-of-hours deliveries and emit neither local pollutants nor CO2.