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

Renault Trucks launched the new 26-tonne E-Tech D Wide 6×2 low-entry cab with a 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 at RWM last week.

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 onto the road or pavement for additional safety. Renault Trucks’ first low-entry cab with bus door is equipped with air suspension front and rear for stability and comfort and a kneel function to further lower the height for a more comfortable entry and exit height.  

The E-Tech D Wide LEC with bus-style doors was joined by a 26-tonne E-Tech D Wide LEC 6×2 with conventional door opening to 90 degrees. The truck 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 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 than previous models. They are ideal for powering the longer running times, multiple bin lifts and waste compaction demanded by intensive refuse collection operations. 

Additionally showcased on the stand was the 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 a reduction gearbox with two forward speeds and one reverse and a single reduction final drive axle with integral differential lock for more excellent traction on challenging terrain.

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 operating with customers in various 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.’