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Renault Brings Electric Trucks To COP21

By Paul Pajarillo , Dec 08, 2015 05:57 AM EST
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Renault will be attending the United Nations Climate Change Summit with two all-electric vehicle innovations. The automaker will not be featuring hybrid cars, but two heavy-duty clean energy trucks.

French automobile manufacturer Renault will be attending the COP21 in Paris with two innovations in clean energy vehicles. The first innovation is a truck under Maxity Electric that operates on hydrogen fuel cells and the second one is an all-electric truck known as the Renault Trucks D. Both trucks are currently being tested on actual operations with one truck for the French Post Office and the other truck for Speed Distribution on Guerlain's behalf.

The Renault electric truck under Maxity is displayed in the Bassin de la Villette. The truck is made through a partnership by the Compagnie Nationale du Rhône, McPhy Energy, La Poste and Symbio FCell to highlight hydrogen-based solutions to fight against climate change. This partnership is also a part of an initiative known as "Paris of the Future."

The Maxity truck is under the care of the French Post Office and has been in its service since February 2015. It is a 4.5 ton all-electric truck powered by hydrogen fuel cells designed by Symbio FCell. The fuel cells doubles the vehicle's range with regard to operations, extending its range up to 200 kilometers. This innovation makes it possible to overcome operating range and charging time, since refueling hydrogen cells take time as compared to diesel-powered trucks.

The second Renault truck is presented by the French environment and energy management agency, Ile-de-France ADEME, in association with Climate Visits. The truck is a symbol of opportunity for discovering concrete solutions to fight against climate change. The vehicle is under the care of Speed Distribution Logistique on behalf of the Guerlain Boutique in Paris. This truck has been in the service of Speed for the past 18 months. The vehicle generates no polluting emissions or noises during night deliveries to Guerlain as it is an all-electric vehicle that can carry 200 kilometer rounds with a single charge of its battery.

Renault has been testing its trucks with green technology for some time now, partnered by different clients willing to test the trucks for operation. The automaker's aim is to prepare for zero-emissions solutions for its clients and at the same time cost-effective strategies for the future.

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