Renault Trucks, part of Volvo Group, has announced it will launch a range of electric trucks in 2019 for use in urban and peri-urban areas.

Renault Trucks has been investing heavily in electromobility research and development since 2009, focusing on extensive field testing in partnership with its customers.

Real-world tests on various types of experimental full-electric 12–16 tonne trucks, such as Speed Distribution for Guerlain, Stef for Carrefour, Nestlé and the Delanchy Group, have provided Renault Trucks with vital information on conditions of use, battery behaviour, recharging facilities and specific maintenance requirements for electric trucks.

In addition to these experimental vehicles, a 4.5-tonne electric truck has been on the market since 2010: the Maxity Electric.

François Savoye who is in charge of Renault Trucks´ energy efficiency strategy, said: “Our commercial experience with the Maxity Electric has enabled us to bring our network up to speed on selling, servicing and repairing electric vehicles. Today’s electric vehicles are a competitive solution, which was not the case in 2010.”

A dedicated assembly line for all-electric trucks is being installed at Renault Trucks’ Blainville-sur-Orne plant in Normandy, France.