Renault Trucks electrifies its own logistics

French manufacturer Renault Trucks has started using its own electric trucks for logistics operations between the axle plant in Lyon and the truck plant in Bourg-en-Bresse. Five electric trucks are currently on the road.

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Each of the five E-Tech T 4×2 can haul 22 tonnes of equipment from Lyon, France, to the lorry factory some 80 kilometres away. They each complete two round trips of 180 km each, thus covering 360 kilometres per day or 88,000 kilometres per year.

Renault used software called Range Simulator to predict the amount of energy each truck would need for daily operations. It takes into account distance and topography, for instance. The result: the vehicles are charged at the depot overnight but will also need to stop for a quick 45-50-minute DC charge (and a driver’s break) during the shift.

The charging site is located close to the plant in Lyon. As the trucks merely deliver a fully charged trailer to Bourg-en-Bresse and take back an empty one without waiting for the former to be unloaded (and vice versa), Renault chose not charge the trucks at one of the plants. The manufacturer thus installed two 360 KW terminals (each with 2 charge points) by company Power Electronics at the Saint-Priest site.

Again, Renault Trucks currently uses five electric trucks for its in-house logistics. But it says that it could increase the number to seven if needed. Hauliers Dupessey&Co Group and Transports Chazot are in charge of the inter-regional distribution.

“We’ve worked long and hard to electrify this first logistics route, having chosen axles between Lyon and Bourg-en-Bresse because this is a flow that is emblematic of Renault Trucks’ business, with very high operational constraints, particularly in terms of output and precision. The launch of this project is a further illustration of our expertise in decarbonising mobility”, explained Bruno Blin, President of Renault Trucks. “Here at Renault Trucks, this kind of project is helping us build a new transport model. Our target for 2030 is to electrify our logistics on a huge scale, with all flows between our production sites using electric vehicles.”


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