Renault to release electric trucks

Renault Trucks has announced it will begin sales of electric vehicles from 2019, following an extended trial period of testing.

The trucks are designed primarily for use in urban areas and inner cities to reduce emissions and cut down on congestion by allowing out-of-hours deliveries to take place.

Next year’s launch follows a trial which involved existing customers such as Guerlain, Carrefour, Nestle and the Delanchy Group, with vital feedback given on factors such as battery behaviour, recharging facilities and maintenance requirements.

Renault Trucks has also been able to benefit from research and development resources provided by the Volvo Group, as well as tried and tested technology from electric bus development, allowing the manufacturer to bring its electrified vehicles to market by 2019. A dedicated assembly line for the vehicles is being built at Renault Trucks’ Blainville-sur-Orne plant in Normandy.

‘As we transition to a lower carbon economy, electric trucks are driving the future for urban operations – we excitedly await production availability for our UK customers,’ said Nigel Butler, commercial director, Renault Trucks UK.