Renault Trucks unveils two electric trucks to launch in 2019. The Renault Trucks D Z.E. and Renault Trucks D Wide Z.E. cover 16 and 26 tons respectively and complete the electric UV lineup starting with the Master Z.E. at 3.5 tons. The trucks will be made in Normandy, France.
The latest developments at Renault Trucks build on a 10 year “experimentation” phase the French conducted together with selected clients using their Maxity model and so says Renault Trucks President Bruno Blin that “ten years ago we were pioneers, today we are experts.”
Indeed today the electric truck lineup got expanded as expected and continues a development that had started earlier this month when first deliveries of the Renault Master Z.E. began ahead of the official launch set for September.
The Master Z.E. comes in six variants and is designed for urban environments with a real-world operating range of up to 120 kilometres. The Master Z.E. is the smallest in the offering that ranges from 3.5 over 16 to 26 tons.
The 16-ton Renault Trucks D Z.E. is powered by a 185 kW electric motor (130 kW continuous output) and Renault Trucks specified a range between 200 and 300 kilometres for the medium-duty EV, that can also be used for temperature-controlled deliveries, i.e. groceries. They have two wheelbases available, 4,400 mm and 5,300 mm.
The strongest of the three, the 26 ton Renault Trucks D Wide Z.E. boasts two electric motors for a combined power of 370 kW (260 kW continuous output). The battery has a capacity of 200 kWh for a real-life range of up to 200 kilometres and Renault see their electric truck working in refuse collection for example.
Both trucks can fast charge within one or two hours via the 150 kW Combo CCS connector or else, via three-phase 380V 32A industrial socket overnight.
The Renault Trucks D Z.E. and D Wide Z.E. will be produced at the Renault Trucks plant in Blainville-sur-Orne, Normandy, France in the second half of 2019.
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