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Too big, too noisy, too polluting… trucks are held responsible for just about every kind of environmental evil. And yet, our societies could not function without them:  over 80% of goods transported in Europe are carried by trucks! Our breakfast cereals, medicines for the family, petrol at the service station for a weekend trip… They all come to us by truck! In the past 20 years, the progress made in reducing trucks' environmental impact and increasing safety are considerable, but all too often ignored. Renault Trucks has played its part in these advances by developing high-performance tools that are increasingly safe and ever less polluting, particularly by using alternative energies to Diesel (NGV, hybrid, all-electric, etc.). This commitment is clearly demonstrated by the Premium Distribution Hybrys Tech and electrically powered Maxity on display here at the Sustainable Transport and Mobility Fair.

Fully aware of the impact made by trucks on the environment, Renault Trucks is constantly seeking and developing alternative solutions to all-Diesel power, in areas where it is genuinely possible. This has resulted in a choice of vehicles powered by electricity or gas, experiments with hybrid technology currently underway in Lyon and Belgium, as well as trucks which consume less and less and also emit significantly lower levels of greenhouse gases and pollutants.

For the second year running, Renault Trucks is showing two vehicles during the Sustainable Transport and Mobility Fair on 9 October at Place Bellecour, Lyon (France).

     > Renault Premium Distribution Hybrys Tech
Leading the field with experimentation into hybrid technology in Europe since 2009, Renault Trucks has been able to test several Renault Premium Distribution Hybrys Tech vehicles under actual operating conditions. The manufacturer achieves this aim by supplying selected customers with hybrid vehicles so that they can try out this technology in an urban context for as wide a range of applications as possible (refuse collection, construction site supply, urban distribution, etc.).

Hybrid technology combines the advantages offered by the Diesel engine with those of the electric motor. The latter is used for moving off and driving the vehicle up to a speed of around 20 km/h. In other words during those phases when the internal combustion engine would use the most energy and generate the most noise.

The hybrid vehicle therefore consumes less and is quieter. Furthermore, it is able to store the energy produced when the vehicle is braking or decelerating and recover it when the vehicle moves off again. This is a technology which is particularly suitable for urban applications (particularly in the early morning or even at night) with their constantly alternating acceleration and deceleration phases.

The first generation of this hybrid vehicle confirmed that Diesel consumption could be reduced by as much as 20%.  This lower consumption is matched by an equivalent reduction in CO2 emissions.

     > Renault Maxity electric: a zero emission commercial vehicle
In partnership with PVI, Renault Trucks has developed an electric commercial vehicle offering based on the Renault Maxity. This vehicle offers two very distinctive advantages: The total lack of atmosphere-polluting and CO2 emissions and the absence of any sound pollution. Renault Maxity Electric can therefore be operated at night and in restricted low emission zones.

The Maxity electric can reach a maximum speed of 90 km/h and has an operating range of 100 km (when carrying dry goods). It is fitted with an asynchronous motor, a robotised gearbox and latest generation Lithium Ion batteries. The first of these was delivered to Tafanel, the leading Parisian beverage distributor, in May 2010. Renault Trucks is planning to gradually introduce these vehicles onto certain European markets in 2011.

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.

Trucks are essential for our society
80% of all goods in Europe are carried by trucks. An average of 101 kg of goods is transported every day for every person living in France. 89 kg of this is carried by trucks. This shows the importance of road haulage in the modern economy and the services it provides to everyone on a daily basis. Without road transport, there could be no economic development or prosperity.  

In terms of the environment, the European standards which came into force in 1990 require truck manufacturers to regularly reduce levels of atmospheric pollutants emitted by their engines. Between that date and 2013, overall emissions will have dropped by 80%. The road haulage industry is constantly seeking ways of reducing its fuel consumption. Renault Trucks is making a major contribution to achieving these goals.



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