French truck maker, Renault, is the latest to demonstrate its faith in CNG as a fuel of the immediate future, by showing off its Range D line-up of gas-powered vehicles at the International Transport and Logistics Week trade show (SITL) in Paris, which takes place on March 14-16.
A 19-tonne Range D Wide CNG, wearing the livery of French haulier STAF, will be on display on the French Natural Gas Vehicles Association (AFGNV) stand at the show. The truck is fitted with a new generation Euro-6 Step C-compliant 8.9-litre engine with horizontal exhaust.
The 6×2 rigid truck version also has a rear steering axle offering fantastic manoeuvrability, making it ideal for deliveries in urban environments where emissions are most strictly controlled.
The company claims that CNG has the advantage of being a relatively clean energy producing no methane vapours and is a tried-and-tested technology. It says that the truck’s engine emits virtually no particulate matter, smoke or odours without using AdBlue. Moreover, its driving range on urban journeys is on a par with that offered by its diesel counterpart.
The Renault Trucks Range D Wide CNG is designed to run on both natural gas and biomethane (biogas). Biomethane is a renewable energy sourced from organic matter
The Range D Wide CNG comes in two versions: a 19-tonne 4×2 rigid and a 26-tonne 6×2 rigid truck. Its Euro-6 compliant NGT9 6-cylinder engine delivers a power output of 320bhp and has an automated gearbox, adapted to suit the torque of a CNG engine.