The Spanish company Urbaser, specialised in domestic waste collection and processing, has just taken delivery of the very first 26 t hybrid truck fitted with a refuse collection body in Spain. Thanks to its technology which combines an electric motor with an internal combustion engine, this 320 hp 6x2*4 Premium Distribution Hybrys Tech can cut fuel consumption by as much as 20%.
In September, Renault Trucks delivered a Renault Premium Hybrys Tech in a Refuse Collection Vehicle (RCV) configuration to Urbaser, the leading domestic waste management company in Spain. Urbaser is the first company in the country to operate a hybrid RCV. "This vehicle represents a genuine technological step forward, perfectly in line with our waste collection needs," explained Rubén Torrado, director of purchasing and equipment at Urbaser during the key presentation ceremony. "Since most of our collection rounds are carried out in an urban environment, we predominantly operate in electric mode," he adds.
"This gives us a triple advantage: the service we provide is more pleasant and quieter, it is an initiative contributing to sustainable development and saves energy."
For his part, Laurent Farman, the director of Renault Trucks Spain, stressed the manufacturer's capacity for adaptation: "We were able to adapt to Urbaser’s needs and its determination to respect the environment better by supplying the vehicle best suited to its activity and using the energy that is most appropriate for it." An attitude which is a perfect illustration of Renault Trucks' approach to urban mobility which consists of putting the right truck, with the right energy, in the right place.
The vehicle delivered to Urbaser is a 26 t 6x2*4 Premium Distribution Hybrys Tech. The so-called "parallel" hybrid technology used combines a 320 hp DXi7 internal combustion engine with an electric motor. They supply power to the wheels according to a number of different distribution scenarios: either both of them in parallel, or separately. The principle behind this technology developed by Renault Trucks is quite straightforward: the energy generated by the vehicle's inertia is collected during braking or deceleration phases and converted into electricity. This is stored in the traction batteries which can therefore operate perfectly independently without needing to be recharged.
Hybrid technology is particularly suitable for distribution or refuse collection in urban or periurban environments. Apart from delivering significant savings in consumption that can be as much as 25% for a refuse collection vehicle using the all-electric mode, it also dramatically reduces noise pollution for those living in the vicinity of its operations.
Urbaser is the leading domestic waste management and processing company in Spain with activities ranging from maintaining urban cleanliness and waste transport right through to waste processing and recycling, as well as the comprehensive management of the water cycle and green areas. Find out more at: http://www.urbaser.es.