Renault Trucks has made its first foray into the Latin American market with the delivery of its battery-electric trucks. Three Renault Trucks E-Tech D Wide models have been handed over to the Chilean haulier Trailer Logistics and are now operating in Santiago for CCU, a company affiliated with Heineken and the Quiñenco group.

The delivery, facilitated by Renault Trucks’ Chilean importer Salfa, marks a significant milestone for Renault Trucks. Trailer Logistics and CCU, both committed to reducing their environmental footprint, have partnered with Renault Trucks to advance their decarbonisation efforts in the beverage distribution sector in Chile. Renault Trucks has been manufacturing electric trucks in its French plants since 2020.

The three 26-tonne, 264 kWh Renault Trucks E-Tech D Wide vehicles now cover approximately 100 kilometres daily, servicing multiple delivery points in and around Santiago. The trucks are equipped with a swap body system to enhance logistical efficiency. These electric trucks are charged overnight at dedicated charging points at CCU’s NPR distribution centre in Renca. Maintenance is performed at a Renault Trucks E-Tech certified workshop at the Salfa dealership in Santiago, ensuring the vehicles’ reliability and operational efficiency. The deployment of these three electric trucks is expected to reduce Trailer Logistics and CCU’s annual co2 emissions by 628 tonnes.

“This first delivery of electric trucks to Chile demonstrates Renault Trucks’ commitment to promoting innovative and sustainable transport solutions on a global scale,” explained Cyril Barillé, Vice President for Africa, Latin America, and Asia at Renault Trucks. ”The successful implementation of this project is a result of close collaboration between Trailer Logistics, CCU, the Chilean electricity company ENELX, Salfa, and Renault Trucks teams.”