RENAULT TRUCKS’ CEO PRESENTS THE KEYS OF A MAXITY ELECTRIC TO GÉRARD COLLOMB, CHAIRMAN OF THE GREATER LYON AUTHORITY
During a special ceremony at the Pollutec exhibition, Stefano Chmielewski, CEO of Renault Trucks, presented Gérard Collomb, Lyon’s Senator-Mayor, with the keys to a Renault Maxity electric. This all-electric, “zero emission” and “zero noise” vehicle designed by Renault Trucks will be joining the fleet operated by the Greater Lyon Authority. The handover is a concrete expression of the clear commitment made by both the manufacturer and the Lyon urban community to develop and implement sustainable and ecological solutions for goods transport.
As a responsible manufacturer, Renault Trucks has long been committed to developing vehicles that are more and more environmentally-friendly. This applies to both those powered by internal combustion engines and those using alternative energies, such as electricity. For its part, as a truck operator, the Greater Lyon Authority pays particular attention to preserving the environment for the population of the Lyon conurbation under its responsibility. It was therefore perfectly logical for the GLA to be interested in the Maxity electric, the small, all-electric, “no noise, no emission” truck developed by Renault Trucks
This interest has now been translated into action by Stefano Chmielewski, Renault Trucks’ CEO, officially presenting the keys of a Maxity electric to Gérard Collomb, Lyon’s Senator-Mayor and Chairman of the Greater Lyon Authority, on the Renault Trucks stand at the Pollutec 2010 exhibition. The vehicle in question will be used for urban assignments in the Lyon conurbation, particularly for carrying protective material and working clothes for the Greater Lyon Authority teams.
Maxity electric was developed by Renault Trucks with PVI and EDF under the terms of a framework agreement for the development of electrically-powered heavy goods and light commercial vehicles to overcome the often severe dimensional and environmental constraints encountered in many European town centres. Its main advantages are the lack of atmosphere-polluting and CO2 emissions and also the absence of any sound pollution. This allows Renault Maxity to retain all its intrinsic qualities (mobility, easy body mounting, etc.), while at the same time significantly improving its environmental credentials.
It is fitted with an asynchronous motor, a robotised gearbox and latest generation lithium-ion batteries. It has a top speed of 90 km/hour with maximum torque available from start-up. However, to optimise battery performance and take into account the kind of assignments this type of vehicle is typically used for, customers can choose to limit this speed to 70 km/hour for urban applications. Optimisation of the electric motor, as well as recovery of braking energy, gives the vehicle an operating range of almost 100 km (for dry goods transport). 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 less restrictions on its use, this means nothing is lost in terms of payload, the Renault Maxity's strongest advantage.
By adding such a vehicle to its fleet, the Greater Lyon Authority once again demonstrates its firm determination to limit the sound and environmental pollution caused by transportation activities, particularly in the town centre.