Renault Trucks announced today that it will start selling “a range” of electric trucks to go into production next year.
The announcement follows several similar efforts, like Volvo bringing electric trucks to the road this year, Daimler already delivering all-electric trucks in Europe, and of course, Tesla’s highly publicized semi truck program.
Renault Trucks has been testing electric trucks with partners for years, and now the company says that it is ready to “launch a range of electric vehicles in 2019.”
François Savoye who is in charge of Renault Trucks’ energy efficiency strategy commented on leveraging their long experience with electric trucks – starting with the Electric Maxity, a 4.5-tonne electric truck, back in 2010:
“Our commercial experience with the Electric Maxity has enabled us to bring our network up to speed on selling, servicing and repairing electric vehicles. Today’s electric vehicles are a competitive solution, which was not the case in 2010.”
Renault Trucks is not to be confused with Renault, the maker of the Zoe electric car and part of the Renault-Nissan alliance.
Even though the two companies share a name and logo, Renault Trucks is actually owned by the Volvo Group, which has its own electric truck programs, but it will help Renault Trucks with its electrification effort.
The company confirmed that it is building a dedicated assembly line for all-electric trucks at its Blainville-sur-Orne plant in Normandy, France.