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Renault Trucks to offer all-electric option in each segment from 2023

Renault Trucks has confirmed that from 2023 it will offer an all-electric option for each segment, namely distribution, construction and long distance.

The company says this will help it meet the Paris Agreement’s goal of limiting global warming to below 1.5 degrees Celsius compared to pre-industrial levels.

Renault Trucks is also setting up an organisation dedicated to electric mobility, and says it will become carbon-neutral within 30 years.

As trucks have a lifespan of at least ten years, all trucks manufactured by 2040 must run without fossil fuels.

“Battery-electric and fuel cell electric power will be crucial to achieve this major transformation towards carbon-free transport,” Renault Trucks says.

In March last year, Renault Trucks began series production of its second generation of electric vehicles at the Blainville-sur-Orne plant.

Renault Trucks now boasts a comprehensive all-electric range, from 3.1 to 26 tonnes. Comprising the Renault Trucks D Z.E., D Wide Z.E. and the Renault Trucks Master Z.E., it meets the requirements of urban transport, delivery, distribution and waste collection.

The company says it is seeking to extend vehicle electrification to all uses. Preparations are underway to market a Z.E. tractor to meet the needs of regional and inter-regional transport from 2023. An all-electric offer designed for urban construction will also be available to order by this date.

During the second half of the decade, Renault Trucks says it will be able to offer a range of electric trucks powered by hydrogen fuel cells, mainly for demanding and heavy long-haul operations.

“Electric mobility is the pillar of our strategy and we aim to lead the field,” says Bruno Blin, president of Renault Trucks. “We’re aiming for 35 per cent of our sales to be electric in 2030. By 2040, all our vehicle ranges will be 100% fossil-free.”

To ensure hauliers get the best solutions in electric mobility, Renault Trucks says it will benefit from the work carried out by the Volvo Group’s new development unit dedicated to medium-tonnage vehicles, a core segment for the phased introduction of electromobility for trucks.

Renault Trucks will also capitalise on the partnerships developed by Volvo Energy, the Volvo Group’s new entity dedicated to the supply, second life and recycling of batteries, as well as to charging solutions.

As for the development of battery packs specifically for heavy goods vehicle applications, it will benefit from the strategic alliance formed by the Volvo Group and Samsung SDI.

To facilitate this sustainable transition, Renault Trucks will also have the support of its new R&D centre in Lyon – the X-Tech Arena – which will be built by the beginning of 2023 through an investment of €33 million.