La Poste, a publicly-owned postal service company in France, has acquired its first Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) powered truck — a Renault Trucks D WIDE CNG vehicle — for service out of its Rungis (94) depot. Handed over on April 18, this Renault Truck is currently being used for carrying mail and parcels in Paris and the near suburbs.
The Rungis Transport Depot has a self-service station equipped to supply natural gas, installed late 2015, enabling the driver to fill up every day.
Among the alternative energy solutions offered by Renault Trucks, compressed natural gas for vehicles (CNG) is a mature, reliable and low polluting energy: the engines do not require AdBlue®. They emit virtually no particulates, smoke or smell. This vehicle operates just as well on natural gas as on biomethane fuel (biogas). Biomethane, a renewable natual gas (RNG), is produced from organic materials, making it possible to reduce CO2 emissions by as much as 70% compared with a Diesel vehicle.
Vehicles running on CNG or RNG can operate in areas for clean vehicles only and are perfectly well adapted for use in urban and suburban environments for carrying out deliveries and for local authority activities (street cleaning, refuse collection and urban distribution).
Improving air quality in urban areas is vital for the growing numbers of towns and cities that are closing town centres to polluting vehicles. La Poste, committed to implementing an ambitious urban logistics policy, has already deployed an extensive range of electric vehicles for delivering mail and parcels of up to 4 cubic meters. For larger volumes, CNG technologies make it possible to cover the entire range of parcels and express delivery vehicles as well as a wide choice of HGVs. This has enabled the Group to already deploy 40 vans devoted to final mile parcel / express deliveries, its aim being to have around 100 of these vehicles on the road before the end of the year.
Compressed natural gas for vehicles (CNG) enables particulate emissions to be reduced by up to 98% and nitrous oxide emissions by up to 80% compared with a diesel vehicle.
The Renault ‘D Wide CNG rigid 4×2’ truck is powered by a Euro 6 NGT9 engine (6 cylinders / 9 litres / 320 hp). 8 x 100 L CNG cylinders are distributed between the right hand and left hand sides of the chassis. When fully fueled, the truck has an operating range of up to 400 km depending on usage. Load capacity is 19 tonnes.
(Source: Renault Trucks)