Re­nault’s clever last-mile trucks

The Witness - Wheels - - MOTORING - — Supplied.

RE­NAULT Trucks and six part­ners have just launched the EDIT (Ef­fi­cient Dis­tri­bu­tion Truck) pro­ject, which aims to re­duce dis­tri­bu­tion ve­hi­cles’ fuel con­sump­tion by 13% com­pared with a cur­rent pro­duc­tion ve­hi­cle, thanks to the use of in­no­va­tive tech­nolo­gies.

The pro­to­type to be used will be a Re­nault Trucks D Wide Euro 6 with a re­frig­er­ated body. The EDIT pro­ject has been la­belled by the LUTB Trans­port and Mo­bil­ity Sys­tem com­pet­i­tive clus­ter and se­lected within the frame­work of the 19th FUI Re­gions in­vi­ta­tion to sub­mit projects.

Af­ter Op­ti­fuel Lab 2, the lab­o­ra­tory ve­hi­cle which brings to­gether tech­no­log­i­cal in­no­va­tions de­signed to re­duce long-dis­tance trucks’ fuel con­sump­tion, Re­nault Trucks is ex­tend­ing its re­search to dis­tri­bu­tion ve­hi­cles, and has just launched the EDIT (Ef­fi­cient Dis­tri­bu­tion Truck) pro­ject based on the Re­nault Trucks D Wide. Six part­ners will be work­ing with Re­nault Trucks on this col­lab­o­ra­tive pro­ject: Va­leo, Lam­beret, Miche­lin, BeNo­mad, INSA de Lyon (LamCoS) and IFSTTAR (LICIT). It has been awarded the LUTB com­pet­i­tive clus­ter’s la­bel and is re­ceiv­ing fi­nan­cial sup­port from the FUI Re­gions fund.

The pro­ject’s aim is to de­sign and de­velop a demon­stra­tion re­frig­er­ated trans­port ve­hi­cle con­sum­ing 13% less fuel than the ref­er­ence Euro 6 dis­tri­bu­tion truck. This demon­stra­tion ve­hi­cle will have to use tech­nolo­gies that can be made com­mer­cially avail­able by 2020, to which each part­ner is con­tribut­ing their ex­per­tise.

The pro­ject is based on var­i­ous ar­eas of re­search. First of all, the aero­dy­nam­ics of the ve­hi­cle and re­frig­er­ated body will be thor­oughly re­vised. Then, the pro­to­type will be fit­ted with a low volt­age macro-hy­brid sys­tem which will re­cover some of the brak­ing energy via a re­versible elec­tric sys­tem. This will be used to power aux­il­iary equip­ment with re­cov­ered elec­tri­cal energy and can also pro­vide oc­ca­sional sup­port to the in­ter­nal com­bus­tion en­gine.

Another area of re­search con­cerns the de­vel­op­ment of a new driv­ing aid sys­tem. It is to be con­nected to traf­fic lights and able to de­tect when they will change, so as to de­fine a speed pro­file min­imis­ing fuel con­sump­tion. Fur­ther­more, it will also al­low driv­ers to choose the most eco­nomic itin­er­ary for their truck. Fi­nally, the pro­to­type will be test­ing new tyres with a lower rolling re­sis­tance co­ef­fi­cient. The EDIT pro­ject is sched­uled to end with the de­liv­ery of the first ve­hi­cle in 2018. Ul­ti­mately, this pro­ject should lead to new mar­ket open­ings for dis­tri­bu­tion ve­hi­cles in Europe.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from South Africa

© PressReader. All rights reserved.