Renault Trucks has just delivered a Premium Distribution Hybrys Tech to Geodis BM Group, who will be putting it on the road at the beginning of October for its customer Carrefour in the Lille urban area. This hybrid technology truck will be equipped with a box fitted with a cryogenic refrigeration unit. This refrigeration technology works with liquid nitrogen, making it totally silent and non-CO2 emitting, whilst ensuring better conservation of foodstuffs. On the same vehicle, the combination of hybrid technology for the chassis and cryogenics for the bodywork is a major step forward for the transport of merchandise in urban and peri-urban areas.
From the beginning of October, Lille’s inhabitants will be seeing a lots of a hybrid vehicle belonging to Geodis BM, used for deliveries to ten Groupe Carrefour city stores such as Carrefour City, 8 à huit and Marché+. This first hybrid vehicle in their fleet is a 26 ton Premium Distribution Hybrys Tech 310hp. The hybrid technology used on this truck has been tested for a little over three years by Renault Trucks. It is particularly suitable for distribution in urban and peri-urban areas, because, apart from a sure gain in consumption of the order of 20 percent thanks to the use of its electric motor, it substantially reduces noise for local residents.
The hybrid principle developed by Renault Trucks is simple: The vehicle’s kinetic energy is recovered during braking or deceleration phases and transformed into electricity. It is stored in traction batteries, which work totally autonomously and do not require recharging. The energy stored in the batteries is then reused for the electric motor. The vehicle starts on the electric motor. When it gets to around 20 kph, the diesel engine kicks in. It is only used in phases where it consumes the least, i.e., outside start-up phases.
But this vehicle goes even further, thanks to the adoption of a box with a cryogenic refrigeration unit using liquid nitrogen. This technology offers numerous benefits. For local residents, first of all, the unit is perfectly silent and emits no CO2. Also, for the transporter, transport units can be isolated, thereby offering the possibility of delivering both dry and fresh products to stores with the same vehicle. Finally, temperature drop is twice as quick, and means that vegetables in particular can be kept under the best possible conditions.
This combination on a single vehicle – hybrid technology for the chassis and cryogenics for the bodywork – is a major step forward for the transport of merchandise in urban and peri-urban areas.
Renault Trucks Clean Tech vehicles
In order to meet road transport’s environmental challenge, and faced with increasing demand from customers for less polluting vehicles, especially in towns, Renault Trucks has, for several years, been developing trucks that rely on alternative technologies to diesel: electric, hybrid, but also natural gas (NGV). These three types of vehicles are federated under the Clean Tech label and are primarily intended for urban and peri-urban usage.
With their keenness to offer the same maintenance quality on these vehicles as for thermal engines, Renault Trucks has undertaken a Clean Tech label approach for its repair network. New technologies, of course, mean that the network needs new skills and tools that are specific to the maintenance and repair of this type of vehicle.
Capture picture 1: Stefano Chmielewski president of Renault Trucks (left) and Olivier Mélot, CEO of Geodis BM.