Achieving a sustainable zero-emission commercial vehicle sector by 2050 needs action now. Freight Carbon Zero talks to Renault Trucks to find out how it works with customers on their decarbonisation journey, and the solutions that are available and in operation today that are already meeting the industry’s sustainability ambitions of tomorrow.

We are already on the route to net zero and every part of the commercial vehicle industry is starting to feel the waves of change.  

Across the UK and Ireland, Renault Trucks is in discussions with customers from a wide range of sectors to help them progress their decarbonisation journeys. And wherever they are on that journey, we are here to help them plan and move forward.  

Available now 

Today Renault Trucks offers, builds, and delivers a comprehensive range of fully electric E-Tech vehicles, from 3.1 tonne to 44 tonne.

Making the switch 

For customers looking to make the switch to electric, our approach is to work collaboratively with operators and introduce third-party expert partners at appropriate stages.  At every Renault Trucks dealer across the UK, customers are supported throughout their entire journey to switch to electric by our fully trained Energy Transition Specialists (ETS).  

Following discussions with operators around their decarbonisation ambitions, we work to understand their operation, exploring which parts could be performed with an electric vehicle.  We specify a vehicle to suit the application and then introduce charging partners who will assess the energy available on site for charging the first, and hopefully subsequent electric vehicles. After this assessment we will recommend charging solutions which reflect the immediate and ongoing operational needs of the customer.

Where customers need first-hand experience of the technology our wide-ranging electric vehicle demonstrator fleet is available for customer trial across various applications.  We are also working in partnership with a number of bodybuilders to ensure the change to building on an electric chassis is as seamless as possible and we have contract hire options available through Renault Trucks Financial Services.  Additionally, for peace of mind, E-Tech D models are offered with a battery promise of up to 10 years (minimum 3 years warranty, extendable to 5 years); E-Tech Master models are offered with an 8-year warranty, or 100,000 miles (whichever comes first). 

Finally, once the vehicle is built and delivered, we offer training and fleet monitoring through our Renault Trucks OptiFleet telematics system with regular follow up.