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First 26-tonne distribution hybrid now running on UK roads

  • 23 May 2012
  • By Chris Druce

Norbert Dentressangle has this week put the UK’s first 26-tonne GVW hybrid distribution truck into service.

The 26-tonne, 3-axle Renault Hybrys Premium is the first of its type in the UK and is being run in a four-year trial.The rear-steer hybrid is running out Aylesford, delivering vending machines, air conditioning equipment and drinks.

The parallel hybrid system, which means the Euro-5 310hp diesel engine can be used in tandem with the electric motor, is suited for multi-drop work, and incorporates stop-start technology to prevent diesel engine idling.

Attractions for operators in urban areas are silent start-up for night time deliveries, an improvement of as much as 20% in fuel consumption compared with standard diesel power, and lower emissions.

However, the complete hybrid system adds 800kg of weight, which forced Norbert to step up from its standard two-axle 18-tonne distribution vehicles to 26-tonnes, ensuring enough working payload.


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