Renault Trucks is attending the 21st United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP 21) in Paris from November 30 to December 11, where it is presenting two major innovations for the transport sector - an all-electric 4.5-tonne Maxity Electric vehicle operating with a hydrogen fuel cell and a 16-tonne Range D all-electric truck currently being tested under actual operating conditions on behalf of Guerlain in Paris,

Symbio FCell, La Poste, McPhy Energy and the Compagnie Nationale du Rhône (CNR) are displaying the hydrogen fuel cell-powered Maxity Electric on their stand at the Bassin de la Villette, in order to highlight hydrogen-based solutions that combat climate change as part of their ‘Paris in the Future’ initiative.

Renault Trucks and the French Post Office have been operating this vehicle with a hydrogen fuel cell developed by Symbio FCell since February 2015 which effectively doubles the vehicle’s operating range to 200 kms. The fuel cell solution makes it possible to overcome two of the major limitations which have hampered the development of electrically-powered vehicles so far: their operating range and recharging time, since the time taken to refuel a vehicle with hydrogen is comparable to that of a vehicle running on Diesel fuel.

In addition, Renault Trucks, in association with the ‘Climate Visits’ presented by the Ile-de-France ADEME (French Environment and Energy Management Agency), is giving visitors the opportunity of discovering concrete solutions to combat climate change already underway in Paris. Visitors will have the opportunity of discovering Renault Trucks’ all-electric Range D, which has been undergoing tests under actual operating conditions for the past 18 months by Speed Distribution Logistique, a specialised Ile-de-France carrier for Guerlain, which generates no noise or polluting emissions during its nightly deliveries to Guerlain’s Boutiques in the French capital.

It carries out full 200 km delivery rounds in all-electric mode, taking advantage of partial recharges carried out according to its battery capacity and a carefully planned delivery route.

Renault Trucks has been testing several different technologies under actual operating conditions for some time, in partnership with clients having an assertive strategy with regard to zero-emission vehicles operating in urban environments.

Renault Trucks’ aim is to prepare a cost-effective zero-emission solution for its clients by the year 2020.