Renault Trucks introduced Urban Lab 2 – its distribution concept vehicle – at this year’s Pollutec at Lyon’s Eurexpo exhibition centre. Developed with six partners under the collaborative Efficient Distribution Truck (EDIT) project, the vehicle combines innovative technology in aerodynamics, hybridisation of the engine, tyres and vehicle-infrastructure communication to achieve potential fuel savings of up to 13%.
Whereas Optifuel Lab 1 and 2 were experimental vehicles dedicated to Research and Development for Long Distance transport, Urban Lab 2 – designed using a 19-tonne Renault Trucks D WIDE Euro-6 – targets the urban and regional distribution sector.
The vehicle features a range of technologies developed with six partners (Valeo, Lamberet, Michelin, BeNomad, INSA Lyon (LamCoS) and IFSTTAR (LICIT)), and was originally shown in model form at the IAA 2014 in Hanover.
The aim is to offer accessible innovation by 2020, focusing on four key areas: aerodynamics, driveline, connectivity and tyres.