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Renault Trucks introduces electric vehicles for logistics operations

Renault Trucks has announced the electrification of its logistics flows, starting with the transport of vehicle axles between its Lyon and Bourg-en-Bresse plants. 

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Renault Trucks will use five Renault Trucks E-Tech T electric vehicles, each with a capacity of 44 tonnes, to cover the 450,000 kilometres travelled annually between the two sites. Dupessey & Co and Transports Chazot will conduct the transport.

“Applying our customer solutions to Renault Trucks,” is how the company describes its approach to electrifying logistics flows. The Renault Trucks E-Tech T 4×2 tractor units will transport goods to the Bourg-en-Bresse factory. The electric lorries will be loaded with 22 tonnes of material and operate twice daily, with up to seven trucks in use on high-demand days.

The trucks will be charged for 45 to 50 minutes daily at the Lyon site, which has a specially designed charging station, and every evening at the depots of the two transport companies. This measure is expected to result in a total of 440,000 kilometres being covered by electric vehicles, leading to an annual reduction of 375 tons of CO2 emissions.

“The electrification of this first logistics flow is the result of hard work. We chose the axle transport between Lyon and Bourg-en-Bresse because it is a typical flow of goods at Renault Trucks, with very high demands on the company, particularly in terms of timing and precision. This project expands our expertise in the field of decarbonising mobility,” stated Bruno Blin, President of Renault Trucks.

Renault Trucks conducted a feasibility study using its Range Simulator software, considering parameters such as truck usage, load, structure, outside temperature, and topography. To support this initiative, two 360 kW charging stations, each with two charging points, were installed at the Saint-Priest production site near Lyon.

“Our goal is to massively electrify our logistics area by 2030, aiming for 100% electrification in the transport of goods between our production sites,” Blin added. 

The company is currently working on a dozen other electrification projects to be implemented in the coming months and years. These projects will utilise electric vehicles to cover increasingly greater distances.