Irizar Group launches the zero tailpipe emissions ietruck

Spanish bus and coach manufacturer Irizar Group showed an electric low-entry truck at the Solutrans Show in Lyon this week. 

The ietruck, which is available with either a full-electric powertrain or a gas-powered hybrid-electric range extender, is offered in 4x2 and 6x2 configurations. The two-axle version has a 160kW electric motor and a battery capacity of 340kWh, giving a range of up to 250km between charges. The 6x2 variant is powered by a 240kW e-motor and has the same range. 

The ietruck has a 370mm high entry step, which its manufacturer claims to be the lowest on the market.
It has undergone extensive trials in 15 European cities, and is about to enter series production. 

Renault Trucks to get new Turbo Compound engine

Renault Trucks has revealed details of its new diesel engine using Turbo Compounding technology to help reduce fuel consumption by as much as 10%. The 13-litre DE13 engine will be available in T, T High, C and K ranges.

The Euro-6e engine have an altered combustion cycle and get new injectors for greater precision. To improve efficiency, Renault Trucks has also focused on reducing frictional losses, redesigning the connecting rods, pistons and the crankshaft while adding a new high-performance ball-bearing turbocharger. There’s also a variable flow oil pump which is combined with low-viscosity oils, an optimised post-treatment system and a new engine control unit, all of which help to make up the 10% improvement in fuel economy.

Order books for right-hand-drive trucks will open in the second quarter of 2022 with deliveries expected by the end of the year.

Despite the introduction of new diesel engines, Renault Trucks has confirmed it will end sales of fossil fuel products by 2040 and will have a full range of zero tailpipe emission trucks by 2023, including long haul and construction vehicles.

The French truck makers says that demand for alternative fuelled trucks is increasing and believes that 10% of truck sales over 12-tonnes will be for zero tailpipe emission vehicles by the end of 2025.