ALTERNATIVE ENERGIES: RENAULT TRUCKS EXTENDS ITS CLEAN TECH NATURAL GAS RANGE WITH THE PREMIUM DISTRIBUTION NGV
Renault Trucks is continuing to expand its Clean Tech "Natural Gas" offering. As a complement to its refuse collection version (RCV) introduced last autumn, the Premium Distribution is now available in two new configurations using this energy: a 4x2 rigid and a 6x2*4 rigid. CNG offers considerable advantages for the environment, since vehicles using it emit no smoke or particles. An CNG vehicle is also quieter than a vehicle with an internal combustion engine (by 2 dB), which is an advantage for use in urban environments and particularly for local authorities. Renault Premium Distribution CNG is now available in France, Spain, Switzerland, Italy, Belgium, the Netherlands and Norway. Renault Trucks is also planning to update its CNG offering on the Midlum.
Compressed Natural Gas for vehicles (CNG) is one of the innovative and efficient solutions Renault Trucks offers with its Clean Tech "Natural Gas" label to meet customer demand for an alternative to Diesel. CNG is a safe, low polluting and quiet energy offering the same dynamic qualities as Diesel, while at the same time benefiting from tax advantages in several countries, particularly France.
The Renault Trucks CNG range is now being further expanded with two new Premium Distribution configurations: 4x2 rigid 18/19 t and 6x2*4 rigid, 26 t. These join the refuse collection vehicle (RCV) offerings already available in CNG versions with the same configurations. They are mainly designed for urban or suburban applications by captive fleets in distribution activities (of fresh or dried goods), street cleaning, industrial or domestic waste transport as well as for the collection of waste requiring a boom arm, such as glass. The CNG offering is now available in seven European countries: France, Spain, Switzerland, Italy, Belgium, the Netherlands and Norway. Renault Trucks is also planning to update its CNG offering on the Midlum.
The Renault Premium Distribution CNG, fitted with an ISL G type Cummins engine developing 300 hp or 1,166 Nm. The transmission is automatic via an Alison 3000 gearbox. The seven wheelbases available range from 3,500 to 4,750 mm with an extension of 1,350 mm for the 6x2*4. The CNG gas is stored in the wheelbase which can contain up to 8 bottles, or 160 m³ of gas compressed at 200 bars (including the 2 optional bottles).
CNG has been chosen because supplying the engine with CNG does not in any way alter its performance or the way the vehicle is driven. Filling up with CNG takes place by using a high pressure compressor found at specialised service stations. With particularly large numbers of these in France, many are also being installed at operators' depots, which explains why CNG is becoming more widely adopted by captive fleets.
In addition, the Premium Distribution CNG is much quieter than a vehicle running on an internal combustion engine at intermediary engine speeds (from 1,000 to 1,800 rpm) which is the range in which it operates during refuse collection activities. This reduced noise level, which can be as much as 2 dB, is particularly appreciated by both those living in town centres and fleet managers who, as a result, can extend their vehicle's operating hours, using it earlier in the morning and later in the evening.
The Clean Tech "Natural Gas range will be serviced in the Renault Trucks network by personnel specially trained in CNG. Maintenance operations for CNG vehicles are conventional and differ very little from those required by vehicles fitted with internal combustion engines, even if they do require special tools. Renault Trucks has at the same time launched a "Clean Tech" labelling procedure in its network of repairers so that customers can be sure of obtaining an appropriate quality of service associated with these new technologies, particularly in terms of specific skills, team training and also the use of specific tools.
In common with electricity or hybrid technologies, gas is one of the solutions which Renault Trucks has been developing for several years so that it can offer its customers effective and cost efficient alternatives under the "Clean Tech" label. Particularly suitable for captive fleets and local authorities, this energy is well adapted to the applications for which the Premium Distribution is designed, meaning we can expect it to become more widely adopted in our town centres.