Renault Trucks has introduced at Solutrans the new E-Tech T and C range of electric trucks. We’re talking about the heavy-duty trucks for regional transport and construction, announced more or less one year ago. At the same time, series production of the new electric trucks has begun at the company’s factory of Bourg-en-Bresse, in France. Indeed, all the Renault Trucks electric trucks are manufactured in France.
To accommodate the manufacture of these 44 t electric trucks, Renault Trucks has invested in transforming and adapting its industrial facilities, as well as building the skills of its employees. The manufacturer is drawing on four years’ experience of manufacturing medium-tonnage electric trucks at its Blainville-sur-Orne plant and applying the same precepts and best practices at Bourg-en-Bresse.
Renault Trucks E-Tech T and C: some of the main features
With a gross combination weight of up to 44 tonnes, Renault Trucks E-Tech T and C are available in 4×2 and 6×2 tractor versions, with a long cab and a wheelbase of 3,900 mm. In rigid configuration, they are available in 4×2, 6×2 and 8×4 tridem, short or long cab, with a choice of eleven wheelbases, ranging from 3,900 to 6,700 mm. Renault Trucks E-Tech T and C can be equipped with two or three electric motors developing a combined power of up to 660 hp.
The Renault Trucks E-Tech T and C can be fitted with four to six lithium-ion battery packs providing between 390 and 540 kWh of power. The batteries can be recharged by alternating current (AC) up to 43 kW, or by direct current (DC) up to 250 kW. These trucks will be able to travel up to 300 km on a full charge and up to 500 km with an intermediate fast charge (250 kW) lasting one hour (for a vehicle fitted with 6 battery packs). Finally, the battery cells and modules are supplied by Samsung SDI and assembled in Ghent, Belgium, at a plant owned by the Volvo Group.