Renault Trucks is continuing to expand its Clean Tech Natural Gas offering. As a complement to its refuse collection version (RCV) introduced last autumn, the Premium Distribution is now available in two new configurations using natural gas: a 4×2 rigid 18/19 t and a 6×2*4 rigid 26 t. Renault Premium Distribution NGV is now available in France, Spain, Switzerland, Italy, Belgium, the Netherlands and Norway. Renault Trucks is also planning to update its NGV offering on the Midlum.
Natural Gas for Vehicles (NGV) is one of the innovative and efficient solutions Renault Trucks offers with its Clean Tech “Natural Gas” label to meet customer demand for an alternative to Diesel. NGV is a safe, low polluting and quiet energy offering the same dynamic qualities as diesel, while at the same time benefiting from tax advantages in several countries, particularly France.
The Renault Trucks NGV range is mainly designed for urban or suburban applications by captive fleets in distribution activities (of fresh or dried goods), street cleaning, industrial or domestic waste transport as well as for the collection of waste requiring a boom arm, such as glass.
The Renault Premium Distribution NGV, fitted with an ISL G type Cummins engine developing 300 hp or 1,166 Nm. The transmission is automatic via an Alison 3000 gearbox. The seven wheelbases available range from 3,500 to 4,750 mm with an extension of 1,350 mm for the 6×2*4. The natural gas is stored in the wheelbase which can contain up to 8 bottles, or 160 m³ of gas compressed at 200 bars (including the 2 optional bottles).
Natural gas has been chosen because it doesn’t its performance or the way the vehicle is driven. With particularly large numbers of natural gas fueling stations in France, many are also being installed at operators’ depots, which is contribution to natural gas is becoming more widely adopted by captive fleets.
In addition, the Premium Distribution NGV is much quieter than a vehicle running on an internal combustion engine at intermediary engine speeds (from 1,000 to 1,800 rpm) which is the range in which it operates during refuse collection activities. This reduced noise level, which can be as much as 2 dB, means fleet managers can extend their vehicle’s operating hours, using it earlier in the morning and later in the evening.
Maintenance operations for natural gas vehicles are conventional and differ very little from those required by vehicles fitted with internal combustion engines, even if they do require special tools. Renault Trucks has at the same time launched a “Clean Tech” labelling procedure in its network of repairers so that customers can be sure of obtaining an appropriate quality of service associated with these new technologies, particularly in terms of specific skills, team training and also the use of specific tools.
Particularly suitable for captive fleets and local authorities, natural gas is well adapted to the applications for which the Premium Distribution is designed, which is likely to lead to increased adoption in town centres.
This item compiled using information from a Renault Trucks press release.
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