Renault Trucks made its return to the Resource & Waste Management Expo (RWM) on September 13-14, 2023, at the NEC Birmingham. The company showcased its all-electric lineup, designed specifically for waste and recycling operations aiming to meet net zero targets and comply with Low Emission Zones.
One of the highlights of the exhibition was the debut of Renault Trucks’ new 26 tonne E-Tech D Wide 6×2 low entry cab. This vehicle features a bus-style folding door with a low step height, allowing easy entry and exit for crews working on demanding multi-stop urban cycles. The door folds inwardly into the cab, ensuring safety by not obstructing the road or pavement.
Equipped with full air suspension front and rear for stability and comfort, the E-Tech D Wide 6×2 also includes a kneel function that further reduces the entry and exit height. Joining this model on the exhibition stand was a 26 tonne E-Tech D Wide LEC 6×2 with a conventional door opening to 90 degrees. This model is built on a 3,900 wheelbase and comes with a Dennis Eagle Olympus 21W body and Terberg OmniDEL Xtra Low Level Split Automatic Bin Lift.
Both vehicles are designed for one driver and three operatives, providing easy cross-cab access and ample storage space. They are powered by Renault Trucks’ latest 375 kWh E-Tech traction batteries, featuring four battery packs of 94 kW each located in the wheelbase. The twin motors deliver 260 kW continuous and 370 kW peak power, along with 850 Nm torque. The larger battery packs offer up to 40% more capacity compared to previous models, making them ideal for intensive refuse collection operations requiring extended running times and multiple bin lifts.
Renault Trucks also showcased an 18 tonne E-Tech D 4×2 model built on a 3,900mm wheelbase, fitted with a Hyva 2012XL skip loader body. This vehicle features 265 kWh traction batteries with four battery packs of 66 kW and supports charging from 22 kW to 150 kW. With a reduction gearbox with two forward speeds and one reverse, as well as a single reduction final drive axle with integral differential lock for improved traction on challenging terrain, this model offers versatility for a range of waste and recycling applications.
Throughout the expo, the Renault Trucks team of Energy Transition experts provided advice on the decarbonisation journey, covering strategic planning, vehicle specification, critical infrastructure, and energy supply challenges. The support from the Renault Trucks dealer network ensures customers have access to top-notch assistance.
According to Alex Williams, Head of Brand & Communications at Renault Trucks UK & Ireland, the company is excited to return to RWM Expo 2023 and showcase their range of ultra-quiet, 100% electric vehicles. Renault Trucks electric vehicles are already in operation across various sectors, including waste and recycling. Williams emphasizes the immediate opportunities for decarbonizing transport within the sector, stating that the majority of RCV vehicles in the UK could be electric today.
– Renault Trucks at RWM Expo: Renault Trucks Press Release
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