French logistics service Urby orders 20 Renault electric trucks

Logistics service provider Urby, a subsidiary of French postal operator La Poste and Banque des Territoires, has ordered 20 Renault Trucks D Z.E. electric trucks. The electric trucks, designed for urban distribution, are scheduled to enter service in around 15 French cities from 2022.

According to Urby, the order results from growing customer demand for sustainable transport solutions and the tightening of urban regulations – particularly with the introduction of low emission zones. The 20 ordered examples will drive up in the 4×2 configuration with a gross vehicle weight of 16 tonnes and a box body for up to 18 pallets. The electric motor features 130 kW continuous, 185 kW peak power as well as 425 Nm torque, batteries with a total capacity of 264 kWh and a two-wheel transmission. The range is given as 250 kilometres.

The decisive factors for the choice were the proven technology, the range of the vehicles and the maintenance offered by Renault Trucks in a specialised network, says Urby. The 20 electric trucks will be deployed in Paris, Lyon, Bordeaux, Lille and Nantes, among other cities, from next year. “We believe that the future of the delivery business lies in green solutions. Our objective is to reinvent, and even revitalise, the delivery of goods from an environmental point of view. Thanks to its high payload capacity, the all-electric Renault Trucks D Z.E. is a key player in the innovative goods transport market,” stated Frédéric Delaval, Managing Director of Urby.

Renault Trucks aims to equip ten per cent of its fleet with electric vehicles by 2025 and 35 per cent by 2030. By 2040, the entire vehicle range should then be 100 per cent free of fossil fuels. The manufacturer offers the 16-tonne D Z.E. in two wheelbases (4.4 and 5.3 metres). The maximum battery capacity is 396 kWh (six packages of 66 kWh each) and should guarantee a range of up to 400 kilometres. The D Z.E. can be charged with up to 20 kW AC and 150 kW DC.


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