RENAULT TRUCKS INAUGURATES THE FIRST EXPERIMENTAL "HYBRID, ALTERNATIVE ENERGIES AND DEVELOPMENT" ASSEMBLY LINE
On 7 April 2010, Renault Trucks' CEO Stefano Chmielewski inaugurated the experimental "Hybrid, alternative energies and development" assembly line at the Renault Trucks Bourg-en-Bresse site (01). Created as part of a project involving several partners and awarded the Viaméca competitive cluster label, this facility will be the truck building industry's first assembly line dedicated to developing and manufacturing the commercial vehicles of the future.
2013 will see the new Euro 6 European diesel engine depollution standards come into force. Renault Trucks has teamed up with several partners to meet this technological challenge, working with them to implement a new development and manufacturing assembly-line concept. This Hybrid, Alternative Energy and Development Line (HD&L) will be capable of adapting to vehicle technologies such as those employed by the Euro 6 diesel or to alternative energy solutions.
Launched in January 2008, this project enabled a scale model line to be developed which was both flexible and also accurately represented the procedures which will be used for assembling production vehicles that comply with the manufacturing requirements of Renault Truck’s future ranges and its vehicles powered by alternative energies.
Renault Trucks has taken advantage of this project to improve the energy performance of the building housing the HD&L line by incorporating heat pumps, photovoltaic panels and also a new natural and intelligent lighting system.
The next few months will see Renault Trucks and its partners (ANCI, A+ Tourtellier Sytèmes, l’IFMA and the ARTS) using the facilities one after another to design operational, organisational and eco-conceptional models before their final technical validation. This will be carried out by Renault Trucks via demonstration models that will be the precursors of Renault Truck’s new ranges.
The project, which has been awarded the Viaméca competitive cluster label, represents a total investment of €10.5 million and has financial support from the French Government, the Rhône-Alpes Region and the Département of Ain.
A truly groundbreaking development in the commercial vehicle sector, this experimental assembly-line was inaugurated on 7 April 2010 by Renault Trucks' CEO, Stefano Chmielewski at a ceremony attended by the Prefect of the Ain Département, M. Régis Guyot, the Parliamentary Deputy for the Ain Département’s 1st constituency, M. Xavier Breton, the Regional Vice-President delegate for finance and decentralisation and Mayor of Bourg-en-Bresse, M. Jean-François Debat and the President of the Ain Département’s General Council, M. Rachel Mazuir.
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From left to right : M. Xavier Breton, Parliamentary Deputy for the Ain Département’s 1st constituency, M. Rachel Mazuir, President of the Ain Département’s General Council, M. Régis Guyot,Prefect of the Ain Département, Jean-François Debat, Regional Vice-President delegate for finance and decentralisation and Mayor of Bourg-en-Bresse and Stefano Chmielewski, President of Renault Trucks.