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Renault Trucks and EDF sign a partnership to develop the use of electrically powered Trucks and LCVs for carrying goods in urban environments.
Renault Trucks and EDF had just signed a framework cooperation agreement to develop the use of heavy goods vehicles and LCVs. The aim of this partnership is to share experiences and analyses to validate electrically powered solutions for local transport purposes, and study the performance of Lithium-Ion batteries in this type of application. This partnership will first of all be focused on the Maxity Electric, an LCV with a 2 tonne payload. The two partners are leaving open the possibility of working on other vehicles from the Renault Trucks range in the future.
In order to provide ever better means of satisfying the expectations of society and its customers with regard to the environment, Renault Trucks develops solutions that offer alternatives to the use of internal combustion engines. Electrical power is one of these solutions, particularly for vehicles in the Delivery and Distribution ranges. In line with this development, the manufacturer has joined forces with EDF, acknowledged for the considerable amount of experience it has built up over the last few years in the implementation of projects centred on electrical vehicles and their use in urban environments. For the Maxity Electric, the first vehicle to be concerned by this partnership, the aim is to confirm the performance delivered by the vehicle and, above all, the batteries, while being operated by Renault Trucks customers.
The Maxity Electric is a "zero emission" vehicle with zero noise pollution which can be driven with a regular driving licence. Its top speed is 90 km/hour, with maximum torque available at start-up and a payload of up to 2 tonnes. The optimisation of the electrical motor, as well as the vehicle's ability to recover braking energy to recharge the batteries, gives it an operating range of almost 100 km.
Renault Trucks and EDF will be sharing information on energy storage systems (batteries and super capacitors) as well as charging systems (fast and normal). EDF will supply its expertise for analysing the performance delivered by the batteries being used.
Furthermore, EDF will be providing its recording and analysis tools to gather the data that will make it possible to define the vehicle's different mission profiles and the power consumption they involve, with the aim of optimising the Maxity's efficiency.
Finally, EDF and Renault Trucks will be jointly studying various business models for selling the electrically powered vehicle, with the aim of offering new, high-performance electric solutions for urban and suburban transport to organisations, local and public authorities.
EDF has built up a solid base of experience in operating electrically powered vehicles and charging stations, as well as considerable scientific and technological expertise, both in batteries and infrastructures, plus a capacity for producing non-carbon based energy unique in Western Europe. The Group is committed to a policy of active and open partnerships built around the various technological solutions developed by manufacturers.
Renault Trucks, a heavy goods vehicle manufacturer, has developed an electrical version of its Maxity LCV, in collaboration with its partner PVI. Between 10 and 30 pre-production vehicles are scheduled to go into service with pilot customers in 2010, to be followed by the commercial launch of the vehicle, announced for 2011.
The EDF Group, one of the leaders on the energy market in Europe, is active in every stage of energy production and transport, as well as the distribution, trading and sale of energies. Europe's leading electricity producer in Europe, the Group's means of production in France are essentially nuclear and hydraulic, supplying 95% of its electricity without CO2 emissions. Its electricity transport and distribution subsidiaries operate 1,285,000 km of overhead and underground electric cables of medium and low tension and around 100,000 km of high or very high tension networks. The Group contributes to providing energies and services to some 38 million customers worldwide, with 28 million in France. In 2009, the Group recorded a consolidated turnover of €66.3 billion, with 49% of it in Europe outside France. EDF, quoted on the Paris Stock Exchange, is listed in the CAC 40 index.
About Renault Trucks:
Driven by the enthusiasm, experience and determination of its 14,000 plus workforce, as well as by its presence in over 100 countries and at 1,500 sales outlets, Renault Trucks is a leading player in the truck building industry. A designer, manufacturer and distributor of commercial vehicles, Renault Trucks offers the most comprehensive range of vehicles (from 2.7 to 60 tonnes) and services on the market. Renault Trucks offers models perfectly adapted to its customers' various activities: delivery, distribution, construction, long haul transport, as well as for specific and military applications. Renault Trucks sold around 77,000 vehicles in 2008. Renault Trucks is committed to bringing pride and prestige back to the road haulage industry, for both its customers and its drivers. This is because road haulage is a noble profession without which our society would collapse. Thanks to this dedication, together with unfailing transparency and the close relationship it maintains with the profession, Renault Trucks offers its customers outstanding efficiency, value and quality.