Renault Trucks starts delivery of 30 e-trucks to Coca-Cola Belux

On Thursday, Renault Trucks and Coca-Cola’s Belgian-Luxembourg branch Europacific Partners (CCEP) presented to the press the four first fully electric delivery trucks of a total fleet of thirty, which is to be commissioned in the next twelve months.

The trucks with a range of 180 km to 400 km are charged overnight at Coca-Cola’s depot in Wilrijk with ‘green’ electricity, partly produced with on-site solar panels. With an investment of €7 million in 30 E-tech D and D Wide trucks, the drinks giant will have 20% of its BeLux fleet fully electric.

Belgium’s biggest e-truck fleet

It will be the biggest electric truck fleet in Belgium for the time being, where today, 28 e-trucks are registered for the whole country. Of these, twelve have been commissioned so far by Belgian beer giant AB InBev, according to the European Alternative Fuels Observatory (EAFO). So the electric race is on in the Belgian beverage landscape.

Meanwhile, the Danish shipping company DFDS ordered 125 e-trucks from Volvo Trucks, a sister to Renault Trucks, which also became a Volvo Group subsidiary in 2001. The first new Volvo FH Electric Truck was delivered in Ghent last week. Here, a fleet of 20 trucks will be commissioned in the port of Ghent.

The Renault Trucks E-tech Wide is the bigger one with a wheelbase that can vary from 3 800 to 6 800 mm and a gross vehicle weight (GVW) of 19 to 26 tons. It features two electro motors delivering a total peak performance of 370 kW (496 hp), 850 Nm of torque, and a continuous output of 260 kW (348 hp).

Ranges from 180 to 400 km

The batteries can have a capacity of 200 kWh or 265 kWh, providing an average range of 180 km in distribution. The smaller 16-ton E-tech has one electromotor, delivers 185 kW or  248 hp (130 kW continuous power), and can have the same battery configurations, stretching the range up to 400 km.

That should be sufficient for the daily delivery tours, with overnight charging. “Forty percent of these tours average less than 150 km,” says An Vermeulen, Country Director of Coca-Cola BeLux. “The rest are longer, but with this fleet of 30, we’ll cover 40% of the total fleet’s kilometers due per day.”

CCEP wants to further reduce its carbon footprint over the whole value chain by 30% in 2030, to be carbon-neutral by 2040. Transport is only a part of the effort. Today, packaging is responsible for 40% of the company’s carbon footprint, and significant efforts will be needed here to make them more environmentally friendly.

E-Tech T and C heavy trucks open for ordering

Two days ago, Renault Trucks announced it opened up ordering for the heavier E-Tech T and C trucks, of which specs were first unveiled in March. The E-Tech T is a tractor aimed at regional distribution, while the C is positioned for the construction sector.

These trucks with a GVW of up to 44 tons come with two or three electric motors with a total output of up to 490 kW (657 hp). They can have two to six battery packs with a 180 to 540 kWh capacity and offer a range of up to 300 km.






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