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RENAULT TRUCKS PRESENTS ITS CLEAN TECH AND RENAULT ACCESS VEHICLES AT THE POLLUTEC EXHIBITION

From 30 November to 3 December 2010, Renault Trucks will be exhibiting at the 24th edition of the International Pollutec exhibition in Lyon for environmental equipment, technologies and services. The manufacturer will be showing a sample of its Clean Tech vehicles using alternative modes of propulsion (NGV, electricity and hybrid) together with the world premiere presentation of the Renault Access, its new low entry cab vehicle. An international benchmark exhibition for environment and sustainable development professionals, Pollutec is a superb showcase for Renault Trucks, offering a unique opportunity to once again highlight all the Optifuel solutions, designed to sustainably reduce vehicle consumption and therefore their impact on the environment. The Renault Trucks stand is located in Hall 1, Aisle C (Stand 6) at the Eurexpo site.

A benchmark exhibition for all environment and sustainable development professionals, Pollutec attracted 73,000 visitors during its last edition in 2008. At the 2010 edition, Renault Trucks is presenting several "Clean Tech" vehicles using alternative modes of propulsion, in particular the Renault Maxity electric, the Renault Premium Distribution Hybrys Tech, the Renault Midlum NGV and also its latest vehicle featuring a low entry cab, the Renault Access.
The Renault Access will be presented in a 4x2 configuration equipped with a RCV (Refuse Collection Vehicle) body. This vehicle belongs to the Renault Trucks Distribution range. Mainly designed for collecting domestic waste, it replaces the Puncher to make the manufacturer's Distribution range fully comprehensive. Its name, "Renault Access", reflects the easier access to the cab, ensuring that refuse collectors enjoy the greatest operating comfort and safety - for the greatest efficiency.

The all-electric mode of propulsion will be represented by the Renault Maxity electric. This "zero noise" / "zero emission" vehicle was specifically designed to meet the wants and needs of customers operating vehicles in town centres. Developed in partnership with EDF and PVI, it is fitted with an asynchronous electrical motor, a robotised gearbox and a latest generation lithium-ion battery. It has a top speed of 90 km/hour with maximum torque available from start-up. However, to optimise its batteries' performance, and in view of the specific kind of assignment these vehicles will be used for, customers can choose to limit this speed to 70 km/hour for urban applications.

The optimisation of the electric motor, as well as the recovery of energy from braking, gives the vehicle an operating range of almost 100 km (for dry product transport applications). Despite having a GVW of 4.5 t, this vehicle can be driven in France with a regular driving licence due to an administrative dispensation. Apart from having fewer restrictions on its use, this also means nothing is lost in terms of payload – the Renault Maxity's strongest advantage. The first vehicle of this type is currently being operated by the Parisian beverage distributor Tafanel. During the course of the Pollutec exhibition there will also be an official key presentation ceremony to a new customer.

As far as hybrid propulsion is concerned, Renault Trucks will be exhibiting the Renault Premium Distribution Hybrys Tech, featuring its parallel hybrid system which has an all-electric start-up until a speed of around 20 km/hour is reached. During this phase the diesel engine is not running, which saves on fuel consumption and makes the vehicle much quieter. The batteries are recharged during braking and deceleration phases.

This vehicle is currently undergoing trials under real operating conditions with the Colas Group. It has a 4x2 rigid configuration with a tipper body and is used for delivering aggregates in the Lyon region. It is fitted with a DXi7 Euro V diesel 310 hp engine, associated with an electric motor and an Optidriver+ robotised gearbox. The electrical assembly located in the wheelbase contains the traction batteries, control electronics, power distribution circuits and the cooling system. After carrying out assignments covering a total distance of over 12,000 km, the initial feedback is extremely positive: The Colas fleet managers have observed a 25% drop in consumption, while drivers have been very appreciative of the vehicle's driving comfort and silent operation at low speeds. A silence which is also very much welcomed by customers taking deliveries and local inhabitants!

Last September, Renault Trucks updated its NGV (natural gas for vehicles) offering. The vehicle presented on the stand is a Renault Midlum NGV with a 4.6 t, 230 hp 4x2 configuration. NGV offers considerable advantages for the environment, since vehicles using this energy emit neither smoke nor particulates and the exhaust gases produced are virtually odour-free. Furthermore, an NGV vehicle is quieter than a vehicle with an internal combustion engine, which is an advantage for urban applications, particularly for regional authorities seeking alternative solutions to Diesel that are reliable and efficient. At the same time as it has updated its NGV offering, Renault Trucks has also started issuing "Clean Tech" labels to its repairer network so that customers can be confident of obtaining the quality of service required by these new technologies, particularly in terms of skills, team training and the use of specific tools.

Eight other vehicles will also be on display in the open air, at the entrance to the exhibition building:  
- Renault Master by Renault Trucks 125 dCi 3.5 t,
- Renault Maxity 130 hp 3.5 t sewer flusher,
- Renault Maxity 150 hp 3.5 t RCV,
- Renault Maxity electric tipper:
- Renault Midlum 220 hp 12 t street sweeper,
- Renault Access 6x2*4 RCV,
- Premium Lander rigid 6x2, 26 t, 380 hp with rear steering axle and hydraulic boom,  
- Renault Premium Distribution 6x2*4 RCV.

Finally, the Pollutec exhibition will give Renault Trucks an opportunity to highlight its Optifuel Solutions which enable its vehicles to sustainably reduce their consumption and therefore their impact on the environment. Optifuel Solutions are made up of Optifuel Technology & Optifuel Programme.

Optifuel Technology incorporates the best of Renault Trucks' technology related to fuel savings, such as: SCR (Selective Catalytic Reduction), the Optidriver+ and Optitronic robotised gearboxes, the engine idle shut down, the Euro V DXi11 and DXi13 engines, as well as accessories dedicated to reducing fuel consumption.

Optifuel Programme is a comprehensive programme of services giving operators all the tools and expertise they need to make immediate and sustainable fuel savings. It consists of instruction in rational driving (Optifuel Training), measurement software (Optifuel Infomax) and access to an exclusive Internet site (the Club Optifuel Programme). Optifuel Programme is now the most cost-effective solution on the market for generating sustainable fuel savings.
Optifuel Programme is a service which was first of all deployed for the Long Distance, Construction and Distribution ranges. It is still particularly well suited to the needs of local authorities, street cleaning and refuse collection activities where safety, the reduction of CO2 emissions and the adoption of "rational" driving (focusing on a smoother and more economic driving style) are the focal points of the training associated with this programme. For example, by implementing Optifuel Programme, the town of Cannes (France) was able to meet the environmental and economic challenges created by driving in an urban environment.

Optifuel Programme has been developed for the Long Distance, Construction and Distribution ranges. It is designed for companies of all sizes operating in every kind of field and is available throughout Europe. There are now 300 small, medium and large sized companies - representing as many as 14,000 drivers - which have chosen the Optifuel Programme in Europe and therefore enjoy the distinctive advantages it offers, namely a reduction in consumption of up to 15% for an entire fleet.

The Clean Tech label
To raise awareness of these vehicles using alternative propulsion modes, Renault Trucks is now applying the Clean Tech label, with a specific logo featured on the bodywork, to all its hybrid, electric and NGV vehicles. The manufacturer has also started issuing labels to its repairer network so that customers can be confident of obtaining the quality of service required by these new technologies, particularly in terms of skills, team training and the use of specific tools.

 

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