Renault Developing 1-Ton Electric Commercial Vehicle With 155-Mile Range


Renault Already Makes Big Electric Trucks

Renault Already Makes Big Electric Trucks

Renault Kangoo Z.E.

Renault Kangoo Z.E.

Renault is one of only a few major automakers that produce commercial electric vehicles like the D truck (above), and the Kangoo Z.E. work van version seen to your right.

But now Renault has announced it’s working on a new commercial-duty entry.

Renault-Samsung, the South Korean subsidiary of Renault, is currently developing a 1-ton light-commercial electric vehicle. Design and development of this vehicles is/will take place in South Korea.

Ward’s Auto states:

“The 1-ton electric LCV would be designed and developed solely within Korea by RSM and a consortium of local suppliers. They include LG Chem, which supplies the battery for the all-electric SM3 ZE. In 2014 LG Chem signed a memorandum of understanding to cooperate in RSM’s EV programs by developing longer-range batteries specially designed to meet the needs of its upcoming vehicles.”

Target range is 250 km or 155 miles (NEDC, we assume)

While work is already underway on this light-duty electric, Renault says it’ll be approximately 4 years before it’s ready to launch.

Other projects are apparently in the works as well. As Ward’s Auto points out:

“RSM also is believed to be working with Renault to develop a low-tech, low-cost EV along the lines of the Twizy. It would be produced in Busan for local and export markets, as well as at the Dongfeng Renault joint-venture plant in China to serve the China market.”

“Dongfeng Renault plans to begin producing a China version of the SM3 ZE early next year.”

Source: Ward’s Auto

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23 Comments on "Renault Developing 1-Ton Electric Commercial Vehicle With 155-Mile Range"

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They should probably think about working on those aerodynamics…

Inner-city deliveries, driving at 35mph, I wouldn’t worry about it.

The undercarriage for these trucks would be ideal for RV undercarriages. When are we going to see electric RVs??? I may not buy one but I sure would like to rent one for a long traveling vacation.

I wonder what the impact of sitting still for months will be on such an RV’s battery will be. Usually they are parked somewhere for the winter right?

Well, that is the best argument for Solar PV Roofs ever, to trickle charge EV when parked for long periods!

Perfect for stationary storage.

A friend bought a big motor home – 10 years old with 40,000 miles. He said 4000 a year is average. A lot of people take one or two long trips (FL or AZ and back) a year. Most of the time the RV is just sitting there. Batteries unused may be a problem. Now for rental use, another story.


On the other hand mine (that btch ducato without liquid cooling…) is about 30 years and has something in the 200.000 km on the meter (while having driven more, the meter only works on certain occasions (hit the dashboard hard from the right) so it might be more…)

Let there be fun!

A rv which is not used is not a rv (using does not necessarily includes driving (dammit liquid cooling!! )). Solar is a necessity. Battery will be used regularly if only for light, fridge and tv…

So maybe in 10 years from now we will have 300 mile range trucks this size. That would possibly take around 700kwh of batteries. At maybe $70 per kWh in mid to late 2020s that would cost $49k. Anybody want to put forth some figures as to how long that would take to pay off? In other words, how much fuel savings per year would an electric truck bring?

Actually not long some trucks use over 150 000 per year,less than à year.

Ok, but let’s have some real figures that can be pointed to. Something like this:

For a gas 1 ton truck driven xxxxx miles a year getting x mpg at $xxx per gallon the fuel cost per year is $xxxxx.

For an electric 1 ton truck driven xxxxx (same distance) a year getting x.x miles per kWh at $.xx per kWh the total electric cost per year is $xxxx.

Well it looks like no one has taken up the challenge of this exercise.
I will attempt to do so and if anyone sees that something is off in my assumptions (like mpg that was hard to find) then please contribute. This is my first time learning about trucks.

At first I was getting thrown off by the picture in this article of a bigger Renault truck which I believe is similar to the E-Force, an 18 ton truck:

So I’m going to use an 18 ton truck like this for my calculations.

For an 18 ton gas truck:
If driven 80,000 miles a year getting 6 mpg at $3.00 a gallon, the fuel cost per year is $40,000.

For a 18 ton electric truck:
If driven 80,000 miles a year getting 0.5 miles per kWh at $0.10 per kWh the total cost of electric per year is $16,000

So the cost savings per year would be $24,000

Ok, I confirmed from someone firsthand that 80,000 miles driven a year is a good figure, but 8 mpg is a better mpg estimate than 6 like I had figured. Also, most 18 ton straight trucks are diesel. So here are my revised figures:

For an 18 ton diesel truck:
If driven 80,000 miles a year getting 8 mpg at $3.00 a gallon, the fuel cost per year is $30,000

For a 18 ton electric truck:
If driven 80,000 miles a year getting 0.5 miles per kWh at $0.10 per kWh the total cost of electric per year is $16,000

So the cost savings per year would be $14,000 instead of $24,000 like I had previously figured.

Hello from norther Europe.
You should remember that diesel RON45 cost here anf all over the Europe more that 1,2$/L. So one US gallon (3,785L) cost 4,542$/US gallon.
One kWh costs here about 0,09 – 0,12$. One full 300kWh battery pack of electricity cost then 27 – 36$. The battery pack in US buses which I have read from here, correct me if I remember wrong. How much modern bus or truck uses diesel in 100miles? Naturally depends the driving cycle.
Here, EV trucks and buses make a lot of sense due high taxes of diesel and all other fuels, as long as electricity prize is on this level.
Cannot wait the oil go up again to 100$/barrel, then diesel is again close to 5,488$/US gallon. How much you pay for one gallon in US? 1kWh?

In my location in the US, I’m seeing $2.40 / gallon($0.63 / liter) and $0.12 / kwh. That’s EUR 2.71 / gallon or 0.71 EUR / liter and .135 EUR / kwh.

Also, we are not supply-constrained right now, like in France, which appears to have a union to blame for fuel shortages. Union, for the win!

Found some data.
Finland, city: Helsinki. Urban drive cycle depending on line and bus itself. New bus latest tech 28L/100km to 40L/100km, but older buses 2-axle 40-50L/100km and 3-axle 40 – 70L/100km. 100miles = 160km.
So, if 100km cost to the company from 33,6$/100km to 84$/100km.
EV bus 300kWh battery pack about min 100miles (160km) cost 27 – 36$. So 100km costs 16,87$ – 22,5$. Every 100km saves 11,1 – 61,5$ roughly.
Minimun saving for one day we expect, say 200km drive, 22,2 – 123$/day. Times 365d/y equals to 8103$ – 44895$/y, roughly.
We expect same kind of saving in light trucks?
As you can see, savings variates a lot in a year, so more detailed figures is needed to know what is annual savings. But I calculated now some examples that you understand how much fuel cost here and what expances are and savings could be.

Passengers are less heavy than cargo, so I expect that the savings are higher. However, the driving is way different. Transit buses start and stop every few blocks. Use this site for some numbers:

Why does it take 4 years to develop this truck? It’s not like they are starting from scratch, they are already producing trucks.

They need ONLY 4 years instead of 7 since they already have a lot experience.

Naturally, this kind of truck is meant for city use, lot of starts and stops, just like buses. And that is why I suppose Renault is developing it so long, to be best in todays battery tech.

The Renault/Nissan alliance has the commercial market almost covered between the two of them although some of the vehicles are experimental or prototypes. In order of ascending size they have the Renault Kangoo, the Nissan eNV 200, the Renault Maxity Electric, Nissan eNT 400 and finally the D truck.

I don’t quite get why they have to be launching research into a vehicle that will compete with the eNV 200, unless it’s a ploy to get the South Koreans in the game.

You are mixing up Renault Trucks and Renault Cars. They share nothing but the name anymore. Just like Volvo Trucks and Volvo cars are completely unrelated.

Big battery in RV when parked at home can be used as power storage and will supply your home in electricity in peak time or in case of emergency.
put some PV panels on your tour and you can be self efficient.
Some kind of 50 kW battery in RV would be better than 10 tesla walls.
think people.