Transportation specialist XPO Logistics has signed an agreement to purchase 100 electric trucks from Renault Trucks for its fleet in France.
XPO’s investment follows the testing of Renault Trucks’ all-electric E-Tech D 16-metric ton truck in the Lyon and Paris regions since October 2021.
The new 16-metric ton and 19-metric ton commercial vehicles will be based at 28 XPO less-than-truckload (LTL) sites in France and will be used to transport palletized goods as partial loads. The company expects to be making about 25% of its deliveries with electric vehicles by 2030, reducing CO2 emissions by more than 26,000 tons. XPO has stated that it aims to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions in France by at least 25% by 2030, from a 2019 baseline.
E-Tech trucks have a loading capacity of 18 to 21 pallets and are equipped with a 185kW engine. With a range of up to 250km on a single charge, each truck reduces CO2 by an estimated 45.7 metric tons per year, compared with trucks running on diesel fuel. The vehicles operate without direct CO2 emissions and significantly reduce noise and odor pollution, making them well-suited for deliveries in congested urban areas. Each truck is fitted with a 360° camera that reduces blind spots for greater safety.
Bruno Kloeckner, managing director – France, XPO Logistics, said, “We had a positive experience testing the first Renault Trucks electric truck for deliveries in urban areas. Our new order for 100 all-electric trucks is an unprecedented agreement for both XPO and Renault Trucks in France. We have also made a major investment to equip our sites with more than 80 electric charging points. These commitments illustrate our determination to move towards more sustainable road transport and support our customers as much as possible in decarbonizing their supply chain activities.”
Christophe Martin, managing director of Renault Trucks France, added, “We are delighted to contribute to XPO’s energy transition by fulfilling the largest order for Renault Trucks electric trucks in France. Our relationship with XPO has been built on trust over many years and is one of the key factors leading to this milestone agreement. Renault Trucks is a sustainability leader in the French market, and as such, we have a duty to lead the way towards sustainable transport.”