Renault Trucks launches its first eRCV low entry cab with bus door at RWM Expo 2023


Renault Trucks returned to the Resource & Waste Management Expo (RWM) 13- 14 September 2023, NEC Birmingham, with an all-electric line-up for waste and recycling operations needing to navigate net zero targets and Low Emission Zones.

Making its UK debut on Renault Trucks’ stand LR54, is the new 26 tonne E-Tech D Wide 6×2 low entry cab with bus-style folding door and low step height for ease of entry and exit, reducing strain and fatigue for crews on demanding multi-stop urban cycles.

As well as allowing operatives to access and exit the cab with a single step, the automatic bus-style doors fold inwardly into the cab without opening out onto the road or pavement for additional safety. Renault Trucks’ first low entry cab with bus door is equipped with full air suspension front and rear for stability and comfort, and kneel function to further lower the height for a more comfortable entry and exit height.

Joining the E-Tech D Wide LEC with bus-style doors on stand is a 26 tonne E-Tech D Wide LEC 6×2 with conventional door opening to 90 degrees.  It is built on a 3,900 wheelbase and mounted with Dennis Eagle Olympus 21W body and Terberg OmniDEL Xtra Low Level Split Automatic Bin Lift.

Both vehicles are configured for one driver and three operatives, with easy cross-cab access and plenty of onboard storage space. They are powered by Renault Trucks’ latest 375 kWh E-Tech traction batteries with four battery packs of 94 kW each located in the wheelbase, and twin motors delivering 260 kW continuous and 370 kW peak, with 850 Nm torque.  Renault Trucks’ larger battery packs provide up to 40% more capacity compared to previous models and are ideal to power the longer running times, multiple bin lifts and waste compaction demanded by intensive refuse collection operations.

Additionally showcased on stand LR54 is an 18 tonne Renault Trucks E-Tech D 4×2 built on a 3,900mm wheelbase and mounted with Hyva 2012XL skip loader body.  Powered by 265 kWh traction batteries with four battery packs of 66 kW, and charging from 22 kW to 150 kW it features reduction gearbox with two forward speeds and one reverse, and single reduction final drive axle with integral differential lock for greater traction on challenging terrain.

Throughout the show, the Renault Trucks team of Energy Transition experts will be on hand to offer advice on scoping and managing all elements of the decarbonisation journey, from strategic planning and vehicle specification to critical infrastructure and energy supply challenges, backed up by first-class support from the Renault Trucks dealer network.

Alex Williams, Head of Brand & Communications at Renault Trucks UK & Ireland said: “We are delighted to return to RWM Expo 2023 and to showcase our ultra-quiet, 100% electric Renault Trucks E-Tech range. Across the UK and Ireland, Renault Trucks electric vehicles are already in operation with customers in a wide range of sectors including waste and recycling. There are immediate opportunities within the sector to decarbonise transport, and indeed the vast majority of RCV vehicles in the UK could be electric today.  We look forward to welcoming visitors to our stand, to discuss and progress their decarbonisation ambitions.”