Renault electric truck with solar panels put into service

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Swiss haulage firm Rhyner Logistik has just acquired a fully electric Renault Trucks Range D Wide Z.E. with solar panels on its body to provide power to the refrigeration unit.

The 26-tonner, which will deliver goods to the Denner supermarket chain in Zurich and its suburbs, joins the company’s fleet of 100 trucks.

Rhyner Logistik has also acquired a rapid charging station which will charge the vehicle at the depot during loading operations.

Renault Trucks launched the 6×2 rigid Range D Wide Z.E. in the UK last year.

Power is from two electric motors, delivering a maximum of 370 kW, continuous power of 260 kW and maximum torque of 850 Nm.  According to Renault Trucks it offers a range of up to 93 miles depending on the application and body specification.

It has a 22kW onboard AC charger and is compatible with DC fast charging up to 150kW, 200KWh batteries which comprise four packs of high energy density nickel manganese cobalt lithium-ion cells.

The Range D Wide Z.E. uses regenerative braking, utilising the motor to convert the kinetic energy during deceleration into electrical energy, conserving energy and extending driving range.

Renault Trucks is also offering a 10-year battery performance promise with all vehicles supplied on maintenance contracts.

Water and waste recycling and recovery specialist Suez put its first fully electric Range D Wide Z.E. 26 tonne refuse vehicle into service in the UK towards the end of last year which it is using to collect commercial waste from city centre locations in Bristol for processing at the company’s recycling and reprocessing site.

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