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Renault Trucks’ Urban Lab 2 reaches its fuel consumption reduction targets

After eight months of development and seven months of testing its Urban Lab 2 vehicle, Renault Trucks has recorded a 12.8% reduction in fuel consumption and CO2emissions in urban and suburban environments, compared to a standard type truck. This result was obtained by optimising aerodynamics, the drivetrain, tyres and vehicle-infrastructure communication.

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Reducing the fuel consumption and CO2emissions of its vehicles remains a core concern for Renault Trucks. The EDIT (Efficient Distribution Truck), collaborative project was launched in 2016, involving Renault Trucks and six partners – Valeo, Lamberet, Michelin, BeNomad, INSA de Lyon (LamCoS) and IFSTTAR (LICIT). The aim of the project was to achieve a 13% reduction in fuel consumption in urban and regional use for temperature-controlled trucks.

The project produced the laboratory vehicle, Urban Lab 2, which, after seven months of testing and 4,500 km of driving on open roads or a rolling road, achieved the initial targets. Urban Lab 2 uses 12.8% less fuel than the reference vehicle, a Renault Trucks Range D Wide, giving a total reduction of 3.5 litres of fuel and 9kgs of CO2per 100 kilometres.