Press release - 2 July 2021
FLORENCE WASTE TO BE COLLECTED IN ALL-ELECTRIC RENAULT TRUCKS
After Paris, Lyon and Barcelona, waste collection in Florence is now being carried out by all-electric Renault Trucks! The Italian company Gorent S.p.A. has just taken delivery of a 26-tonne Renault Trucks D Wide Z.E. for waste collection in the Tuscan capital. This is the first Renault Trucks electric vehicle to be used in Italy.
As a pioneer in the field of e-mobility, Renault Trucks is supporting the energy transition in European cities. After Paris, Lyon and Barcelona, the French manufacturer has just seen one of its all-electric trucks join the city of Florence, for zero-emission waste collection.
Florence, a sustainable city
Florence is paving the way in energy transition and has reduced its air pollution by 20% over the last five years, with nitrogen dioxide levels falling both in the city centre and suburbs. The city council, under the leadership of Mayor Dario Nardella, has made environmental preservation a priority, introducing tramway lines, new cycle lanes, car sharing and bike sharing schemes, as well as hundreds of recharging stations for electric cars, taxis and buses.
It is therefore only natural that the Tuscan capital should welcome its first electric waste collection truck with enthusiasm.
Dario Nardella, Mayor of Florence, considers the issue of environmental protection as a top priority: “Florence has begun its green revolution", explained the Mayor. "The arrival of this Renault Trucks vehicle coincides with our determination to boost electric mobility in the city centre, with the aim of improving air quality and reducing noise pollution and, ultimately, helping to preserve our cultural heritage.”
As far as waste is concerned, the city is seeking to implement a management plan based on reducing consumption and making maximum use of the waste materials. Dario Nardella even imagines, in the long term, the introduction of a virtuous system that could completely eliminate his city's waste (245,000 tonnes per year) by using it to produce the energy needed to power public transport. "The road we are taking today is the right one. There is still some way to go, but the city of Florence is determined to forge ahead in this direction," said the Mayor.
Trucks that emit no air or noise pollution
Gorent S.p.A., a specialist in the rental of vehicles for urban cleaning, is the first Italian customer of Renault Trucks to purchase an all-electric truck.
This Renault Trucks D Wide Z.E., which emits no air or noise pollution in operation, will be used to collect household waste in the city of Florence, with the greatest respect for the quality of life of local residents. It will also be able to operate regardless of any traffic restrictions introduced by the city council.
Furio Fabbri, CEO of Gorent S.p.A., is convinced of the need to switch to electric power. "We are focusing our efforts on reducing CO2 emissions and making practical choices to achieve this. One of these choices is the purchase of this all-electric Renault Trucks vehicle." The company has also set itself the task of raising public awareness and promoting electric mobility and its benefits. An event entitled "Clean up our square" will be travelling throughout the summer to the iconic squares of Italy's major cities and the Renault Trucks D Wide Z.E. will feature, alongside the light electric vehicles in the Gorent fleet.
"Italian companies and city authorities are gearing up for the energy transition, and this collaboration is a clear indication of this," enthused Pierre Sirolli, Managing Director of Renault Trucks Italy. "Change is underway and Renault Trucks is ready to meet the needs of companies that want to embrace the energy transition in Italy."
Renault Trucks aims to achieve 10% of its sales volumes in electric vehicles by 2025.
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