Renault Trucks has signed a contract with the Carlsberg Group for the supply of 20 purely electric 26-tonne Z.E. trucks. The electric trucks are to be delivered to the brewery in Feldschlösschen, Switzerland this year.
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The heavy-duty electric fleet will cover between 100 and 200 kilometres a day to supply Swiss customers from the 15 Feldschlösschen brewery logistics centres which make up the Swiss site of the Carlsberg Group. According to an accompanying press release, the brewery has long been committed to zero-emission logistics and mainly has production facilities that are connected to the railway network.
The D Wide Z.E. is a truck variant in the Renault Trucks range specially optimised for waste transport. The 26-tonne truck, which was launched in mid-2018, has also been used in this form for some time in the Lyon area. For deliveries to Switzerland, the D Wide Z.E. is now being optimised for brewery logistics. The models each have two electric motors on board, offering a total output of 370 kW or a constant output of 260 kW and 850 Nm. A battery pack with a capacity of 200 kWh stores energy, which should enable a real range of up to 200 km. Direct current can fully charge the lithium-ion batteries of the electric truck in one to two hours via the CCS connection with 150 kW charging capacity.
According to Bruno Blin, President of Renault Trucks, the agreement with the Carlsberg Group “is the first order of this scale in Europe”. The French company can now boast a complete range of electrically powered trucks from 3.1 to 26 tonnes. Both the D Wide Z.E. and the 16-tonne D Z.E. are manufactured at the Blainville-sur-Orne plant in the northern French département of Calvados. Both join the already well-known Master Z.E. electric transporter, which has been available since 2018.
Update 26 November 2020: Now the first of the electric trucks ordered in February have been handed over to the Feldschlösschen brewery. “I’m convinced that electric mobility is the solution when it comes to environmental and climate issues, both for ourselves and for future generations”, said Bruno Blin, President of Renault Trucks. “The transportation industry is experiencing a major shift. Our industry is set to change more in the next ten years than it has over the past century and through this partnership Carlsberg and Renault Trucks are showing the way forward.”.
According to Thomas Amstutz, CEO of the Feldschlösschen brewery, Renault is the first electric truck in Switzerland to be used for beverage transport. Carlsberg and Feldschlösschen have set themselves the goal of achieving zero-emission distribution transport. In distribution traffic, this is to be achieved by means of electric trucks that are charged with electricity from renewable energy. Transport over longer distances is to be increasingly carried out by rail.