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Renault Trucks unveils new urban, all-electric truck

Renault Trucks unveils new urban, all-electric truck

This is the new all-electric truck from Renault Trucks for use in urban areas and it has a low cab that has been designed to protect the safety of vulnerable road users and truck operators.

The all-electric truck is currently only available to order in Europe.

The D Wide ZE LEC truck has been designed to help facilitate waste collection operations and joins the truck manufacturer’s fleet of electric vehicles.

The all-electric range covers vehicles ranging from 3.5 to 26 tonnes and is perhaps the most comprehensive offering of electric trucks currently on the market.

D Wide ZE LEC

The D Wide ZE LEC – which stands for ‘low entry cab’ – enables operators to access the cab safely and effortlessly.

Renault says that the cab entry is 200mm lower than its standard distribution truck and it features a single non-slip step.

The doors for the new electric truck open at 90 degrees and will, the firm says, help reduce crew fatigue as they get in and out of the cab.

Indeed, Renault Trucks says that crews who are collecting waste will be getting in and out of the cab more than 100 times every day.

The vision for the driver is also good and helps to boost the protection for vulnerable road users.

Extra side windows to the rear of the cab

Along with increased visibility, there’s also the option of extra side windows to the rear of the cab to boost visibility further.

The cab for the D Wide ZE LEC is spacious to accommodate the driver, plus three crew members.

The optional flat floor enables freedom of movement while inside the cab and allows for access on both the right and left sides.

The new offering has been developed in collaboration with Estepe, a renowned bodybuilder, and the Renault Trucks D Wide ZE LEC will be delivered in a 6×2 version along with a steered rear axle.

Renault points out that the battery-powered truck emits no exhaust fumes and has been approved for use in urban areas, particularly in those places where there are traffic restrictions in place.

Flooring firms takes delivery of Renault Trucks

Meanwhile, Flanagan Flooring, the UK and Ireland’s largest independent wholesale flooring distributor has selected Renault Trucks for its fast-growing fleet.

Operating from a purpose-built factory in County Down, Flanagan Flooring manufactures, distributes and supplies quality flooring directly to trade customers and employs more than 125 people across sites in Northern Ireland, Glasgow and Dublin.

The firm has a mixed fleet of 30 trucks and vans completing more than 1,500 customer deliveries a week and now, after a comprehensive review, Flanagan Flooring has taken delivery of its first Renault Trucks: ten new vehicles in total, including eight D18 High 4×2 R250, and two Range T380 26T 6×2 rigids, which have been supplied by local dealer Diamond Trucks. 

Additional capacity, fuel efficiency, comfort and the ability to provide a reliable service prompted the deal.

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