Municipal vehicle hire company, CTS Hire, has added its second Renault Trucks E-Tech D Wide 26-tonne refuse collection vehicle (eRCV) to its hire fleet, allowing councils and vehicle operators to access eRCV technology on short-term hire for the first time.

Supplied by RH Commercial Vehicles, the two Renault Trucks E-Tech D Wide electric rear-steer chassis have been paired with Dennis Eagle OL21 bodies and Terberg Xtra bin lifts.

Powered by 4x 66kW lithium batteries located in the wheelbase, the E-Tech D Wides with zero tailpipe emissions qualify to operate in urban areas with restrictions to improve air quality such as Low Emission Zones (LEZ), and Ultra Low Emission Zones (ULEZ).

Each truck is equipped with a 22kW on board AC charger and is compatible with DC fast charging up to 150kW. In fast charge (DC), the vehicles can reach 100% in less than two hours, or overnight on a conventional industrial outlet and adapts to all situations.

Ideal for use in urban environments, the vehicles feature a vision window in the lower section of the nearside door to aid driver vision, improving safety for pedestrians, cyclists and other road users.  The vehicles are also quieter in operation, reducing noise pollution for local residents.

Bob Sweetland, Managing Director, CTS Hire commented, “We are delighted to receive our second Renault Trucks E-Tech eRCV. The first vehicle has proven popular with our customers. This additional vehicle will give even more of our customers the opportunity to incorporate an electric refuse truck into their day-to-day operations for as long as they wish, enabling them to carry out a more thorough evaluation of this new technology.”

Paul Pearson, Commercial Director, RHCV commented, “The second eRCV gives even more opportunity to showcase the advancement and reliability of the Renault Trucks E-Tech range.  As our Nottingham depot is an official Renault Trucks EV service and repairing dealer, we can really become a leading supplier of electric vehicles” 

Electric rubbish truck
Each truck is equipped with a 22kW on board AC charger and is compatible with DC fast charging up to 150kW