The UAE has moved another step close to realise its Net Zero Emission 2050 target as Renault Trucks Middle East and Al Masaood in collaboration with Tadweer, launched the first 100% electric waste truck in the Emirates, the first fully electric heavy truck launched in the region, on Friday.
The first Renault electric truck will be used by Tadweer, the sole custodian of waste management for Abu Dhabi, to collect waste household in the Emirate. The truck was manufactured by Renault Trucks, under the dealership of Al Masaood, following the signing of an MoU between Tadweer and Al Masaood during the EcoWaste Exhibition and Conference.
Being the first electric heavy truck operating in the region, the Renault Trucks E-tech truck will also run a pilot programme to gauge the vehicle’s performance in the high temperatures such as the capital’s summer heat, in addition to addressing logistical challenges such as charging station availability along key routes.
Olivier De Saint Meleuc, President of Renault Trucks International, said that Renault Trucks has a legacy of providing market-leading transport solutions for nearly 130 years, and thew company has succeeded because its eye is always out on the future needs of the industry.
“The imperative for today is to tackle global warming, and we are proud that our state-of-the-art trucks can address the global requirement for low or zero emission vehicles, and to also contribute to the UAE’s Net Zero 2050 ambition. We are thrilled that we can bring our own electric mobility vision to the country, thanks to our partnership with Al Masaood, who share our values and outlook for a zero-carbon future,” Meleuc said.
Mohamed El Zeftawi, General Manager of Al Masaood’s Commercial Vehicles and Equipment division, said that the company has a tangible and firm commitment to support the UAE in meeting its Net Zero 2050 initiative, and as a key industrial player in the nation’s capital and in the country as a whole, it has a heavy responsibility in not only lowering our greenhouse emissions, but by providing innovative solutions to private and public partners to help mitigate their own emissions.
“We are able to deliver these solutions thanks to our strategic partnerships, and with Renault Trucks Middle East and Tadweer, we found partners that can deliver on our aspirations,” Zeftawi added.
By using these electric trucks, these two cities will remove over 4000 tons of CO2 from the environment each year, equivalent to removing 1000 cars from the roads annually. With a range of up to 200 km between charges, the trucks have already proven their worthiness from a zero-emissions and performance perspective.
Tadweer is keen to start operating this 100% electric truck on Abu Dhabi’s roads to assess and monitor the vehicle’s performance in the summer temperatures.
The first 100% electric waste truck in the UAE supports Tadweer in achieving its mission through building an integrated waste management system and achieving a circular economy. The Renault Trucks D Wide 26t E-Tech Electric is the ideal vehicle for urban waste collection with low operating costs while maintaining optimal range and payload.
Ali Al Dhaheri, MD and CEO at Tadweer, said that Tadweer has established its position as a pioneer in waste management and driving a sustainable future. The company incorporates state-of-the-art and modern technologies to ensure successful operation, while supporting Abu Dhabi’s Environment Vision 2030 and the UAE’s Net Zero 2050 ambitions as well.
“We therefore look forward for our on-going collaboration with Al Masaood and Renault Trucks and are excited to see what this E-Tech Waste management Truck has to offer in terms of performance and efficiency,” Al Dhaheri said.
The launch of the Renault E-Tech waste management truck is also a commitment to both the UAE’s and the capital’s electrified mobility strategies; strategies which both the country and its capital find themselves at the forefront globally.
Only recently, the federal government committed to placing over 800 EV charging stations across the country, while Dubai is moving towards a zero-emissions public transportation sector with electric vehicles now joining the taxi fleet.