Renault will officially begin electric truck production this month at its manufacturing facility in Blainville-sur-Orne, starting with its D and D Wide Z.E. models. Located in the Normandy region of France, the Blainville-sur-Orne plant manufactures 240 cabins and assembles 72 distribution trucks per day. Renault recently built an 18,000-square-metre Z.E. building next to that assembly line complete with the equipment necessary to produce electric vehicles as well as a temperature-controlled area that the firm says is dedicated to battery storage.
Each Renault electric truck begins its life in the Z.E. building where technicians assemble a wide range of components, including the engine, transmission, drive, and modular power box. Those components then move over to the same assembly line the company uses to produce its diesel-powered trucks. Once the trucks get through assembly, they go back to the Z.E. building to complete a series of quality tests and to go through “additional technical operations,” according to Renault. The entire process involves around 50 hours of work per truck.
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