Renault Trucks is upgrading the natural gas version of its Premium Distribution model. Plans are also underway to similarly upgrade the Midlum NGV range. Renault’s Premium Distribution is available in France, Spain and Switzerland and will gradually be introduced in the other European countries.
The Premium Distribution RCV (refuse collection vehicle) is designed mainly for regional government authority customers. All Renault alternative fuel developments come under the Renault Trucks Clean Tech label, applied to electrical, hybrid and NGV technology vehicles.
Apart from low emission and quiet energy, Renault points out that their natural gas vehicles offer the same dynamic qualities as diesel while also benefiting from advantageous tax positioning in several countries, including France. The company highlights the “particularly large numbers” of natural gas fuelling stations in France, with many also being installed at operators’ depots, saying this explains why NGVs are becoming more widely adopted by captive fleets.
In addition, the Premium Distribution NGV RCV 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. The reduced noise level, which can be as much as 2 dB, can extend vehicle operating hours into early morning and later in the evening.
The Renault Premium Distribution NGV RCV is available in 4×2 18/19 T rigid and 26 T 6×2*4 rigid versions. The engine is an ISL G type Cummins developing 300 hp or 1,166 Nm. The transmission is automatic via an Alison 3000 gearbox. Wheelbases range from 3,500 to 4,750 mm with an extension of 1,350 mm for the 6×2*4.
This model will be serviced in the Renault Trucks network by personnel specially trained in natural gas vehicles.
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.
Item primarily compiled using information from a Renault Trucks press release.