“Remanufacture” diesel trucks to convert them into electric ones: the idea that Renault Trucks does not rule out

If the reconditioning of vehicles seems to be one of the key steps in the automotive sector in the coming years, one of the possibilities that Renault Trucks has recently raised during its Emob Days could be one of the tactics to consider in the relative circular economy and commercialization of electric trucks. And it is that the specialists in batteries of Renault Trucks They admitted that the brand does not rule out converting diesel trucks into electric trucks.

The comments came during our recent visit to the Renault Trucks electric truck factory in Normandy, France. More specifically in the battery workshop, in which the firm delved in more detail about the electrical technology of its range of E-Tech trucks.

Based on the sales forecasts that Renault Trucks has for the coming years and the decarbonisation strategy that they intend to follow, they expect that by 2030 approximately 50% of their sales will correspond to 100% electric trucks. We are well aware, however, that the gradual increase in sales of electric trucks will lead to less interest in their diesel models, so as interest in this type of engine wanes, Renault Trucks will get its hands on more and more diesel trucks that have been previously used by clients.

The brand anticipates that it will be approximately from 2025 onwards when this change in consumption trends begins to be noticedbecause many of the customers who have diesel trucks will want at some point to return them to the brand to make the leap to electric mobility, either on their own initiative or because due to the new green policies, diesel trucks will increasingly have more limited use.

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Forecast of the evolution of sales quota by type of technology, according to Renault Trucks.

This will leave Renault Trucks in the situation of choosing what to do with the diesel trucks that little by little will be getting back in your hands; put them back on the market as used, or recondition them and equip them with a battery scheme to be able to sell them as electric trucks.

Technically it is possible to convert a diesel truck into an electric truck without too much investment

One of the peculiarities of Renault Trucks electric trucks is that its production is carried out on the same assembly line as the rest of the diesel trucks.

And it is that, to develop its current range of electric trucks, Renault Trucks has taken as a base the same platform on which it has spent years articulating its trucks with diesel propellant, and thanks to this it can allow itself to manufacture on the same production line both diesel trucks as electric trucks.

During the production process, the only two notable differences They take place at the moment of coupling the propellant to the chassis, where the structure is obviously equipped with an electric motor attached to the transmission. The second difference, to tell the truth, does not take place in the production chain itself but later, separately. And it is that while a diesel truck leaves this line ready for its dynamic tests, the electric ones need one more step in which both the batteries and the related electrical system are installed.

The batteries and the final part of the electrical system are installed separately from the rest of the trucks.
Moment in which, separately from the rest of the trucks, the batteries and the final part of the electrical system are installed.

This would mean that the mark would only need one relatively affordable investment to take the step, since both its factory and the structure of its trucks allow a conversion that does not entail too many complications.

With this, trucks that previously had a first life cycle in the form of a diesel truck, and after a second pass through the Renault Trucks factory, will be able to be back on the market with a view to serving as a transport tool with a longer life Useful ahead emission-free.

It remains to be seen, then, how manufacturers deal with the volume of diesel trucks they will have back from the middle of the decade onwards, but Renault Trucks, in particular, seems to have a possible solution on the table..

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