Renault Trucks unveil next generation of electric vans

Renault Trucks have unveiled their ‘second generation’ of BEV vans – the Renault Master ZE, Renault Trucks D ZE and Renault Trucks D Wide ZE, which they describe as “a complete range from 3.5 to 26 tonnes ideally suited for use in the city”.

The Renault Trucks D and Renault Trucks D Wide Z.E. will be manufactured in the Renault Trucks plant at Blainville-sur-Orne and will arrive on the market in 2019. The Renault Master Z.E. will be available in 2018.

In a statement, Renault Trucks said it has been “preparing for the shift to electric vehicles for the past ten years”, adding that “electromobility was the obvious response to urban air quality and noise issues from the outset, as well as cut overall CO2 emissions”.

The company said that it has been field testing electric trucks with its customer-partners over the past decade in order to “garner crucial information about usage, battery behaviour, charging facilities and specific maintenance requirements”.

“Ten years’ ago, we were the pioneers, promoting electric trucks to improve city air quality,” said Renault Trucks President Bruno Blin. “Today we can offer a range of electric vehicles with proven performance and the experts in our network are ready to help our customers transition to electromobility. Ten years’ ago we were pioneers, today we are experts.”

Focusing more on the specific vehicles, Renault Trucks said that the Renault Trucks Master Z.E., which will be released in September 2018, is “ideal for last-mile deliveries and provides access to inner-city areas even those with strict traffic restrictions”. The battery of this all-electric utility vehicle takes six hours to charge.

Its loading volume is the same as a conventional diesel Renault Master as the batteries are mounted under the front seats.