Renault begins mass production of electric trucks

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Inspenet, November 29, 2023.

Renault Trucks has started series production of its E-Tech T and E-Tech C electric trucks . The E-Tech T is designed for regional distribution, while the E-Tech C is aimed at urban construction. These models, presented in November 2022, are currently coming off the production line of the plant located in Bourg-en-Bresse, France.

The batteries used, made up of cells and modules, are supplied by Samsung SDI and assembled at the new Volvo Group facility in Belgium, which also includes Renault Trucks as part of the group.

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Renault electric trucks: more details

The battery capacity of these electric trucks can be customized by installing four to six packs, providing a total capacity of 390 to 540 kWh depending on customer requirements. It is worth noting that in the initial presentation of technical data in spring 2022, the possibility of offering two battery packs with 180 kWh was mentioned, but in the current information, Renault Trucks only highlights four or six pack options.

According to the manufacturer, a range of up to 300 km is achieved with the maximum configuration in a single charge and up to 500 km with an intermediate fast charge of up to 250 kW for one hour. In addition to fast charging, a charging capacity of 43 kW in alternating current is indicated. Charging time is 9.5 hours with alternating current and 2.5 hours with direct current.

Likewise, the company offers three power take-off options for auxiliary groups that adapt to various applications: fully electric, electromechanical or directly integrated into the transmission. Customers have the flexibility to choose between two or three electric motors for propulsion, allowing a total power of up to 490 kW.

These vehicles, with a gross combination weight of up to 44 tonnes, are available in 4×2 and 6×2 tractor configurations with an extended cab and a wheelbase of 3,900 mm. In rigid configuration, they come as a 4×2, 6×2 and 8×4 tridem, with short or long cab options, and offer eleven different wheelbases, starting from 3,900 mm.

It is worth noting that Renault Trucks has been manufacturing trucks in Bourg-en-Bresse for almost 60 years and has now extended its expertise to the production of the new 44-tonne electric trucks.

The E-Tech T and C models are assembled on the same production line as their diesel equivalents. Then, they move to a special 5,200 square meter space called Renault Trucks E-Tech Factory. Here, personnel assemble the Electric Drive Unit (EDU) and install the transmission and batteries. The electric vehicles then undergo performance testing and track trials.

With the expansion of its electric range, Renault Trucks advances its electric mobility strategy and objectives. By 2030, the company aims for 50% of its sales to come from electric vehicles. In addition, it plans that by 2040 all its vehicles will be neutral in CO2 emissions locally.

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