RENAULT TRUCKS SOLUTIONS TO HELP ITS CUSTOMERS MEET "CO2 REDUCTIONS" CHARTER COMMITMENTS
In the past 30 years, despite a steady improvement in performance, trucks' fuel consumption - and therefore CO2 emissions - have dropped by 40%! The entire haulage industry is now making a wholehearted effort to meet the environmental challenge. In France, this was clearly illustrated in 2008, when industry representatives, under the auspices of the Ministry for the Environment, signed the "Hauliers commitment to CO2 reductions" charter. To help its willing customers meet the charter's objectives, Renault Trucks' Optifuel Solutions offers a set of solutions in terms of products and services which are able to effectively reduce vehicles' fuel consumption. Renault Trucks also offers a full range of Clean Tech vehicles using alternative energies (electricity, NGV and hybrid). But apart from introducing technical innovations, Renault Trucks firmly believes that combining energies and putting the right truck in the right place with the right energy is an effective means of sustainably reducing the environmental impact of goods transport.
As a responsible truck manufacturer, Renault Trucks is aware of the impact its products can have on the environment. Haulage companies who signed the "Hauliers commitment to CO2 reductions" charter, like all its customers, will find that Renault Trucks can supply them with reliable and efficient vehicles that are able to reduce this impact due to technology and a service offering that are unique to the brand. Since the vast majority of trucks on the road run on Diesel, Renault Trucks is first of all focusing its efforts in favour of the environment by significantly improving this technology's efficiency with its Optifuel Solutions.
Optifuel Solutions: Optifuel Technology & Optifuel Programme
Optifuel Technology incorporates the best of Renault Trucks' technology related to fuel savings (SCR, Optidriver+ and Optitronic robotised gearbox, engine idle cut-off, EuroV DXi 11 and DXi 13 engines, together with accessories dedicated to reducing fuel consumption). Optifuel Programme is a concentration of all Renault Trucks expertise in obtaining 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-efficient solution on the market for generating sustainable fuel savings. This service is deployed throughout the entire range of vehicles over 6 tonnes. There are now 300 companies of all sizes - representing as many as 14,000 drivers - which have chosen the Optifuel Programme in Europe. Easy to implement and very rapidly profitable, Optifuel Solutions have proved their efficiency by delivering concrete results: a reduction in consumption of up to 15% for an entire fleet.
The Clean Tech vehicles
Renault Trucks also offers a full range of Clean Tech vehicles using alternative energies (electricity, NGV and hybrid).
An electric propulsion system was installed on the Maxity electric. This is a "zero noise" and "zero emission" vehicle 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/h, but customers can choose to limit this to 70 km/h to optimise its operating range, which can be as much as 100 km (when carrying dry goods). 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. It maintains the same payload as its internal combustion engine equivalent. The first Maxity electric vehicles are currently being operated by the Parisian brewer Tafanel and by the Greater Lyon authority for urban assignments.
As far as hybrid propulsion is concerned, the Renault Trucks Premium Distribution Hybrys Tech features a parallel hybrid system which has 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 deceleration phases. This vehicle is currently being operated by Coca-Cola Enterprise Belgium in Brussels and by the Colas construction Group in Lyon. 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.
As far as NGV (Natural Gas for Vehicles) are concerned, Renault Trucks upgraded its offering in this area last September. 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 one running on an internal combustion engine, which makes it particularly attractive for use in an urban environment.
The right truck, in the right place, using the right energy
Overall, Renault Trucks recommends a transport system built around three principles: load consolidation, energy combinations and truck-infrastructure communication. This is based on the fact that 6 tonnes of goods can be more efficiently carried by a single medium tonnage vehicle than by 12 LCVs - as well as reducing CO2 and pollutant emissions by 75%. This is why Renault Trucks believes in providing vehicles with the highest payload possible. Furthermore, to be genuinely efficient and sustainable, transport must combine and optimise all available energy sources. Optimised high tonnage diesel trucks remain the best solution for bringing goods into load breaking platforms on city outskirts. Medium tonnage vehicles running on NGV or a Diesel-electric hybrid solution should then be used for bringing the goods from these major depots into towns. Finally, in town centres - now subject to increasingly strict regulations - small all-electric trucks are ideal for covering the last few kilometres to make final deliveries. In addition, Renault Trucks recommends getting vehicles to communicate with each other, their depots and infrastructure. By the use of telematics, trucks can be used to best advantage in an organised and cooperative transport system (with guidance, delivery round organisation, delivery space reservation and adaptation to environmental performance, driving assistance, safety requirements, etc.).
As a responsible and innovative manufacturer, Renault Trucks offers concrete solutions to reduce its vehicles' environmental impact. What counts now, is to use currently available energies as efficiently as possible, to improve their yield and only use what is strictly necessary. It is also important to use them in combination whenever this is advantageous and to reorganise the infrastructure associated with road haulage accordingly. Renault Trucks already offers a range of vehicles running on alternative energies and is constantly adding to it. Furthermore, the progress Renault Trucks has made in reducing fuel consumption on Diesel vehicles enables it to meet both its customers' demands for lower operating costs and the demands of society as a whole to protect the environment.