Renault Trucks new Range D Wide Z.E. is 100% electric truck and built as a 26-tonne 6x2 rigid that can handle distribution applications. Renault recently delivered the first D Wide Z.E. in the UK, a unit designed for urban refuse collection with a 6x2 chassis cab. The Range D Wide Z.E. is powered by two electric motors and delivers a maximum power of 370 kilowatts (496 horsepower), continuous power of 260 kW (349 hp), and maximum torque of 850 newton-metres (627 foot-pounds).
A Leading Clean Air Alternative
“Clean Air Zones and Low Emissions Zones will gradually improve the air quality, but electromobility is the only viable option to achieve climate change and CO2 reduction in the urban environment,” says Carlos Rodrigues, managing director, Renault Trucks UK & Ireland. “We are delighted to introduce our Z.E. range fitting most urban and last-mile delivery applications from 3.1 tonnes up to 26 tonnes. They are available for delivery here and now in the UK and Ireland.”
Not only is the D Wide Z.E. qualified to operate in Low Emission Zones, it can also work in Restricted Traffic Zones.
Renault Trucks plans to support its range of electric trucks with a charging infrastructure so customers don’t have to worry about power supply issues. “Once we understand all your operational requirements, we will also guarantee the power available to operate your vehicle for up to 10 years with our Start & Drive Excellence contracts,” says Rodrigues.
On the D Wide Z.E., Renault Trucks equips a 22-kW onboard AC charger that’s compatible with DC fast charging up to 150 kW. The 200-KWh batteries offer up to 150 kilometres (93.2 miles) of range, depending on application and body specification, and all Z.E. models include regenerative braking to conserve and extend the driving range.
Looks & Drives The Same
Renault Trucks says the D Wide Z.E. features the same interface in the cab as the diesel range, with a few new commands. For instance, there’s a new electronic PTO that engages with body equipment in a similar way to the mechanical version, which ensures bodybuilders can work with an interface they already know.