Renault Trucks and EDF Sign Partnership On Electric Vehicles

French state-controlled electricity group Electricite de France SA (EDF.FR) and Swedish group Volvo AB’s (VOLV-B.SK) unit Renault Trucks Monday announced they signed a partnership to develop the use of electric lorries and commercial vehicles for the transportation of goods in urban areas.


– The aim of this partnership is to share experience and analysis for the purposes of testing an effective electric solution for local transport and studying the performance of lithium-ion batteries in this type of application.

– This collaboration will centre initially on the Maxity Electric, a light duty vehicle with a payload of 2 tonnes.

– The two partners are leaving open the possibility of future collaboration on other vehicles in the Renault Trucks range.

– The Maxity Electric is a "zero emission" and zero sound emission vehicle which can be driven with a category B driving licence. Its top speed is 90km/h with a maximum torque from zero and a payload of up to 2 tonnes. Optimisation of the electric engine and regenerative braking to recharge the batteries help it to reach a range of approximately 100km.

– Renault Trucks and EDF will engage in information exchanges on energy storage systems (batteries and super condensers) as well as charging systems (rapid and normal). EDF will contribute its expertise in analysing the performances of the batteries used.

– EDF will make its recording and analysis resources available for collecting the data which will be used to characterise the vehicle’s different usage power consumption profiles, with the aim of optimising the Maxity’s efficiency.

– EDF and Renault Trucks will jointly study the various economic models for marketing the electric vehicle, the better to offer companies, institutions and local authorities, new and high-performance electric solutions for their urban and suburban transport needs.