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13 08 2018 03

Renault Trucks has optimised a temperature controlled truck in terms of aerodynamics, drive train, tires and connectivity. The Urban Lab 2 now consumes 12.8 percent less fuel in city and regional traffic.

It is equipped with a Valeo micro-hybrid system and travels on low rolling resistance Michelin tires. With the help of Lamberet, the following steps were taken in order to improve the aerodynamics of the truck: evaporators were fitted into the roof of the body, whilst the refrigeration unit was installed in the frame of the vehicle. In addition, the Urban Lab 2 has a rear wing, fold-up PVC textile panels, folding access steps, wheel covers, a roof deflector, spoilers and side deflectors. The wing mirrors were replaced with a camera system.

The fully networked prototype is connected to all traffic systems: the navigation system, developed by BeNomad, provides the driver with a “green wave” if they keep to the suggested speeds. By receiving information from traffic lights, the system can calculate whether it is more efficient to accelerate or brake.

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