Renault adds new low-entry option to electric D Wide truck range

Renault Trucks’ all-electric D Wide is to get a new low entry cab option to better suit it to urban applications.

The new D Wide ZE Low Entry will cater for waste and distribution operators looking to improve visibility in an urban environment while also going emission-free locally.

The low entry cab is available as a 6x2 rigid with tag axle and steered rear wheels. The Wide cab allows for the driver and three other occupants, while a ‘kneel’ function enables the front of the truck to be lowered by 70mm to aid entry and exit from the vehicle.

Renault says this will make access easier and safer, reducing strain and fatigue on crews required to climb in and out multiple times in a day. For this reason Renault anticipates demand from the waste industry as well as construction and building supplies.

Carlos Rodrigues, Renault Trucks UK & Ireland MD, said: “Renault Trucks’ electric models enable operators to service the needs of our cities with a range of zero tailpipe emissions vehicles. The introduction of a low entry cab model opens up those vehicle types where ease of access and sensitivity to vulnerable road users are particular priorities, including domestic refuse collection and urban delivery services.”

“The D Wide Z.E. LEC’s easier access and excellent direct vision will allow customers to operate more cleanly, more safely and more productively, whilst meeting the highest environmental ambitions,” Rodrigues added.

Production of the Renault Trucks D Wide ZE Low Entry has already begun and units are available to order now.

Brigade Electronics launches dash cam range

Brigade Electronics, best known for their reversing alarms, has launched a new range of dash cameras suited to commercial vehicles.

The new dash cameras have a high-definition resolution for high quality recording, GPS data tracking and G sensor to help provide the maximum amount of irrefutable evidence in the even of a collision or claim.

There are three new camera unit options with a standalone DC-101-000 camera, standalone camera with additional rear camera (DC-102-RVC) and the standalone with an additional DC-102-IRC infrared camera, all of which are managed through a simple recovery software system to access the video footage.

Said to have a wide dynamic range to help eliminate bright spots in the footage, the cameras have also been designed with a super capacitor to automatically provide back-up power in the event of a power failure, so that records are not lost and remain safely stored.

The cameras have four recording modes, with a continuious function from the moment the engine is started, a record while parked option that is triggered through a motion detection system, event or incident recording using the G sensor and a manual recording function via a button press.

Emily Hardy, Brigade Electronics marketing manager, said: “Incidents involving vehicles are time consuming issues to resolve and are becoming more frequent. A lack of solid evidence can often mean companies automatically accept liability. Our new dash cam range is ideal for recording incidents on the road, helping to prevent false claims and vandalism. Installing a dash cam will give drivers and operators peace of mind in the event of an incident.”