Renault Trucks aims to re-gain municipal market advantage

Renault at Freight in the City

Renault Trucks announced at Freight in the City, that it is setting its sights on the municipal sector, and believes its ZE technology will help to boost its appeal. The first vehicle in its zero-emission range is the Master ZE, which features a 57kW battery, giving it a 124-mile range. Although initially only available as a 3.1-tonne GVW panel van, next year it will be joined by a chassis cab and higher GVWs. Also arriving in 2020 are RHD Range D and Range D Wide 16- and 26-tonners. Order books are open, with deliveries expected in week 11. 
Renault Trucks head of LCV Grahame Neagus said: “We’ve always been popular in refuse collection with our D Wide, but we are looking to expand into other pockets, like construction.”

 

Renault Trucks launch new Master Red Edition van and ZE technology key to municipal vehicle strategy

Volvo reveals Vera to UK crowds at Freight in The City

Vera at Freight in the City

One of the stars of the show was the Volvo Vera, a zero-emission level 4 autonomous tractor unit. Volvo Trucks UK and Ireland MD Robert Grozdanovski, explained that the cab-less truck, which has a top speed of 40kmph and a range of up to 300km, isn’t about to replace drivers. “It’s been designed to complement the industry, and not replace the current system,” he said.
Vera, which means ‘faith’ in Russian, will shortly enter trials with ferry operator DFDS in Gothenburg. Its journey from a logistics centre to the city’s APM Terminals port facility, will see it travelling on a public road.

 

Volvo Vera autonomu truck and electric FE show glimpse of future city distribution