Nottingham-based Renault Trucks Dealer, RH Commercial Vehicles (RHCV), has promoted two of its longest-serving employees into brand new roles as Group Managers, as part of its strategic growth plan.
With a head office on Lenton Lane in Nottingham, RHCV specialises in sales, parts and servicing for heavy and light commercial vehicles.
James Daykin and Steve Astill, who both joined the RHCV team in 2006, previously headed up the Nottingham and Leicester RHCV dealerships, but following a significant period of growth for the company, Steve was promoted to Group Aftermarket Manager and James to Group Parts Manager.
Steve first started as a Parts Advisor in Nottingham but transferred when the dealer opened in Leicester in 2010, and was instrumental in growing the site. After moving back to Nottingham in 2015, Steve increased the revenue of the site significantly, while managing to reduce costs as Nottingham’s Dealer Point Manager.
James also began working at RHCV’s Nottingham site as a Parts Apprentice, before he was promoted to Dealer Point Manager for the Leicester site in 2015. It was during this time, that James managed the site and team though a tremendous period of growth, increasing revenue by 50% on the previous year.
In their new roles, both James and Steve will oversee the aftermarket department across all of RHCV’s sites. The duo will work closely with the Dealer Point Managers at all four sites, supporting customer and supplier relationships, while enabling growth and expansion plans.
James said: “My new role as Group Parts Manager will see me working closely with Steve, while also being responsible for all aspects of the parts business. Our first challenge will be to bring all four sites together, to ensure consistency across the group.”
Steve added: “It’s a challenging role, with plenty of variation and problems to solve. My responsibilities will include overseeing all warranty and contract management for the group, health and safety and compliance, group sales and revenue, as well as HR and group training. I am excited to get fully stuck into the role now.”
Nigel Baxter, Manging Director at RHCV added: “RHCV has gone from strength to strength in the last year, and the promotion of Steve and James will ensure we are pushing ahead with our ambitious growth plans in 2019.
“James and Steve have worked for 12 years each at RHCV and their experience and dedication to the role will ensure that we continue to drive sales and meet customer demand efficiently.”
RH Commercial Vehicles (RHCV) is celebrating after being recognised as an industry leader and scooping the prestigious Franchised Dealer of the Year Award, at the national Commercial Motor Awards 2018.
Following a year of excellent success and growth, the East Midlands Renault trucks dealer beat numerous other commercial vehicle dealers from across the UK, to take home the much-sought after award and was also highly commended in the Sales Team of the Year category.
20 staff from RHCV attended the annual Commercial Vehicle Awards, which took place at The Vox Centre in Birmingham. Celebrating the best in new and used commercial vehicle sales and aftersales, the event saw 400 people and more than 30 dealers pack out the centre last Thursday (16th November 2018).
This was the second time RHCV had entered the awards and saw the team recognised in two of the most competitive categories for its dedicated approach to going the extra mile for customers and exceeding national target averages.
The success tops off an incredible year for RHCV. The team, earlier this year, won a hat-trick of awards, including Dealer of the Year, at the annual Renault Trucks Dealer Awards for a second year running. RHCV also expanded its business along the M1 corridor, acquiring a fourth site in Northampton in order to meet customer demands and requirements.
Nigel Baxter, Managing Director at RHCV said: “It has been a truly spectacular year for RHCV and to be recognised in the Commercial Motor Awards as an industry leader on a national level, has been the perfect way to top off a brilliant 2018.
“The growth and success of RHCV is a result of the hard work and dedication of our fantastic staff. I would like to thank each one of them for their continued support.
Christopher Walton, Editor-in-Chief at Commercial Motor, said: “In winning Commercial Motor’s Franchised Dealer of the Year, RH Commercial Vehicles demonstrated an exceptional relationship with Renault; produced impressive customer testimonials and showed evidence of a loyal customer base.
“Being judged against all dealerships across the country, they proved that the marque can be worthy of pole position. Our panel of independent judges were also impressed that the business continues to invest in people, creating a good work atmosphere. They are clearly good at what they do!”
RHCV has been selling, leasing servicing and repairing heavy (HGV) and light commercial (LCV) vehicles across the East Midlands for four decades. The company employs 90 staff across its three sites in the East Midlands – in Nottingham, Northampton, Cossington and Alfreton (Derby).
Reynolds Recruitment has invested in the UK’s largest fleet of Renault Trucks’ new flat floor T520, as part of a large expansion and upgrading programme.
Based in Nottingham, Reynolds employs 140 staff and has been providing recruitment, logistics and training solutions to blue chip organisations and SMEs across the UK and Europe, for more than 30 years.
Purchasing 16 brand-new trucks to meet increased customer demand, Reynolds was keen to improve welfare and facilities for its staff during long-haul journeys as part of the investment.
The state-of-the-art 6×2 mid lift trucks provided a larger, more comfortable space for the driver as well as modern facilities such as duro bright alloy wheels, including tyre pressure monitors, adaptive cruise control, heated leather seat trim, air suspended cab and FORS Silver – a left turn warning for cyclists.
Reynolds purchased the trucks from East Midlands Renault trucks dealer, RH Commercial Vehicles (RHCV), of which they have worked closely with for more than three years. Expanding the fleet to 67, Reynolds has always favoured the comfort and reliability of Renault Trucks, with a third of its fleet now being Renault.
Ros Harris, Director at Reynolds Recruitment, said: “Having acquired a significant new customer, we needed to invest in a number of new trucks to meet this demand but we were also aware that the welfare of our drivers was just as important, so we wanted more comfortable and modern facilities.
“RHCV has always been considered an extension of our team, showing both excitement and support when we see excellent business success. The team listened closely to our needs and the requirements of our drivers on long-haul journeys. The new trucks we purchased from them ticked all our boxes, and look fantastic when out on road.”
The deal with Reynolds Recruitment follows a successful year for RHCV. As well as winning a hat-trick of awards including Dealer of the Year at the annual Renault Trucks Dealer Awards for a second year running, RHCV expanded its business along the M1 corridor, acquiring a fourth site in Northampton.
Paul Pearson, Commercial Director at RHCV said: “Over the past three years, we have been delighted to build such a fantastic relationship with Reynolds Recruitment, working closely with the team, to enable growth.
“The T Range is ideal for improving the welfare of drivers and through providing these trucks to Reynolds, the business can ensure their staff are happy and satisfied on longer journeys. We look forward to working with them again in the future.”
RHCV has been selling, leasing servicing and repairing heavy (HGV) and light commercial (LCV) vehicles across the East Midlands for four decades. The company employs 110 staff across its four sites in the East Midlands – in Nottingham, Cossington, Northampton and Alfreton (Derbys).
Renault Trucks has announced that its ‘Team Thunderfalls’ will be saddling up for Transaid’s ‘Cycle Zambia’ challenge from 23rd-30th September. The quartet, comprising of Tony Owen, (Transport Solutions Manager), Aniko Meszaros (Service Programmes Co-ordinator), Jared Davies (Commercial Aftersales and Retail Business Co-ordinator) and Nigel Base (SMMT’s Commercial Vehicle Manager) will take on the gruelling 490 kilometre (300 mile) cycle ride across Zambia, hoping to raise over £20,000 for Transaid in the process.
Team Thunderfalls’ Captain Tony Owen explains why they are getting involved: “We are delighted to take part and raise money for such a fantastic organisation as Transaid, helping with their mission to solve transport challenges in economically developing countries.”
Tony continues: “It’s also a great opportunity to really sample and explore a country that I wouldn’t have considered visiting and, riding as a group, getting to spend time with people with a common interest, but from different demographics including Company Owners, Transport Managers and Traffic Commissioners.”
Two members of Team Thunderfalls are no strangers to the Transaid cycling challenges – last year Tony took part in South Africa and in 2014 Jared Davies was in Madagascar.
“Last year was tough, with hot sun, rain and strong winds most days and Jared had a great experience, despite the bikes being rather basic!” says Tony.
The 2018 ride from Lusaka to the Victoria Falls will see the keen cyclists take on some challenging terrain including dirt tracks and undulating ground as well as open bush and then finishing at the breath-taking Victoria Falls.
“We’ve already had a bit of a team setback as Jared recently broke his shoulder during training! However he is determined to be fit and well by the time we travel to Zambia. Aniko is a newcomer to cycling, but is focused on her training and really enjoying it. Perhaps one of our biggest challenges will be the tracks with long sections of sand, which is a pig to cycle through!” notes Tony.
Commenting on exceeding their target of £20,000, Tony explains: “Our dealer network has generously donated the majority of our sponsorship to date and for this we are extremely grateful. We are now focusing our last fundraising push with colleagues, friends and family. All donations, large and small will be much appreciated.”
Renault Trucks Master 6-tonne rigid 6×2 low deck chassis cab
Today Renault Trucks launches the new Renault Trucks Master 6-tonne rigid 6×2 low deck chassis cab, featuring both low cab and cargo entry, increased internal load dimensions and high payloads, as a cost-effective and eco-friendly alternative to the traditional 7.5 tonne 4×2 vehicle most used for urban and haulage operations.
Built in association with a leading European chassis expert, the new Renault Trucks Master 6×2 is a tailored design available on either steel or four-bag rear air suspension. Featuring a low chassis height it, is ideal for a wide variety of custom-built applications such as dry freight logistics, road traffic / cone management, equine transportation, car transporters and mini coaches looking for increased productivity and cost-effective solutions.
Plated at 6 tonnes GVW, and offering payloads in excess of 3 tonnes (depending on body) the Master 6×2 is powered by Renault Trucks highly fuel-efficient and emissions-friendly 165ps EVI Heavy Duty engine, with a 6-speed Synchromesh gearbox.
“The Renault Trucks Master 6-tonne 6×2 chassis cab is one of our most exciting LCV product launches yet, taking the traditional 7.5 tonne sector head-on and broadening our appeal within the UK market for those seeking a more effective and environmentally-friendly solution,” says Grahame Neagus, Head of LCV at Renault Trucks UK.
He continues: “In a world that is focused on productivity, fuel efficiency and environmental impact, it gives us a strong and unique proposition across a number of industry sectors, delivering real savings on fuel spend by over 30% whilst reducing carbon footprint by around 12 tonnes based on 50,000kms per annum and compared to a traditional 7.5 tonne boxbodied truck.”
Featuring Renault Trucks’ award-winning Optilogistics pack, the wide track Master 6×2 is purpose-designed for the operational challenges of urban distribution. Designed in conjunction with approved bodybuilder P.D Stevens & Sons of Market Drayton, the vehicle is equipped with a host of safety, compliance and efficiency enhancements to minimise on-road risk for operatives and vulnerable road users whilst driving down repair and maintenance costs for operators.
Tailored to suit a wide variety of body styles, the FWD 6×2 low deck can be built with various rear overhangs to suit the application and offers deck heights akin to the 3.5t platform chassis. For box bodies, a 5,500mm internal body length is offered with either traditional full height barn doors, a ramp or a one-piece tail-lift design available whilst the optional side load doors offer easier access into the body not normally seen on traditional 7.5-tonne vehicles.
Easy operator access and egress both from the cab and the body were of paramount importance, especially in multi-drop operations. The speed of unloading from the rear due to its low deck height also saves valuable time on every delivery when compared to more traditional vehicles.
Grahame Neagus concludes: “The 6×2 Renault Trucks Master Chassis offers operators a real alternative to a 7.5-tonne HGV with all the environmental, fiscal and efficiency benefits of an LCV, whilst its improved cab access and low cargo deck improves driver efficiencies at every level. It really is a ‘game changer’ for so many industry sectors with the first two vehicles going into both the Equine Transportation sector and with a major Home Delivery company.”
Renault Trucks is offering a new, audio, navigation and entertainment system on its Range T, C and K trucks. Called Roadpad, it is an on-board assistant for the driver, enabling them to listen to music, use their telephones hands-free and obtain navigation assistance.
Available through a secondary 7-inch high-resolution ‘drag-and-drop’ touch-screen, Roadpad will be the perfect road companion for drivers as it gives access to several key services in the one device. Driving safety is also enhanced by Roadpad’s ability to display images from compatible camera systems.
Andrew Scott, Head of Product Management for Renault Trucks UK and Ireland, observes, “At a time when drivers receive information from so many different sources, it’s great that Roadpad enables them to manage so much of it through this single, easy-to-use screen.”
Roadpad includes an enhanced HGV GPS system linked to a TomTom navigation system which includes many beneficial features such as the option of viewing a route in 2-D or 3-D formats, as well as obtaining real-time information on traffic conditions. It also offers easy access to the Meteo weather forecast app and Google Maps.
Roadpad aims to make journeys more pleasant and enable safer driving as it has been designed to adapt to drivers’ lifestyles. One benefit is that Roadpad has the option of pairing two telephones simultaneously, meaning that drivers can enjoy hands-free access to both their work and personal mobile phones. One device is categorised as the priority phone for consulting contact lists or making calls, but incoming calls and text messages can be received from both. The priority phone can easily be changed using the user-friendly menu.
Roadpad also enables drivers to enjoy their music library without taking their eyes off the road, as it gives access to the Deezer streaming platform. They can also listen to their favourite radio programmes in DAB+ (Digital Audio Broadcasting), benefiting from optimal sound quality.
For increased safety for the driver and other road users, Roadpad is pre-equipped to receive images from up to four cameras – side cameras for optimal visibility, including for vulnerable road users, and rear cameras for load safety, including when coupling trailers.
As drivers need to make use of so much information in their daily business Roadpad’s ability to integrate several of the services which are fundamental this couldn’t some at a better time.
Renault Trucks Anti-runaway Automated Park Brake has won the ‘Innovation Award’ at the 2018 Motor Transport Awards, held at London’s Grosvenor House Hotel on July 5th.
Praised by the judges for providing ‘significant increased safety’, Renault Trucks is the first OEM to offer the anti-runaway system, which eliminates the risk of uncontrolled vehicle movements caused by human error when a truck is idling or static.
Receiving the Innovation Award on behalf of Renault Trucks, Commercial Director Nigel Butler said: “The safety of operators and the wider public is an absolute priority for Renault Trucks and all vehicle operators, so we are delighted that our innovative Anti-runaway Automated Park Brake has been recognised by the Motor Transport judging panel. It is a great example of how by taking an innovative approach to real life problems, Renault Trucks delivers innovative solutions – this time to prevent avoidable accidents.”
He continued: “Vehicle runaway situations remain too common and can have tragic consequences. It only takes a slight incline for 44 tonnes to start rolling, which becomes a very serious problem, very quickly. Renault Trucks’ Anti-runaway Automated Park Brake prevents the problem before it arises.”
A UK initiative, developed in close partnership with a major fleet operator and Renault Trucks Lyon’s engineering team, the safety back-up device is available on Range T, K, C 2.5 and other models which have electronic park brakes. In the event of the driver’s door being opened at speeds of up to 3mph (5kmh), the device activates the park brake automatically.
The key innovation in the application is in taking an existing passive safety system, in this case the electronic park brake, and configuring it in such a way as to provide a specific solution to a determined safety risk. While third party retro-fit solutions have been marketed which claim to reduce the risk of vehicle runaways, Renault Trucks’ innovation integrates fully with the vehicle’s in-built capability and other vehicle systems to provide a seamless solution to a recognised in-service safety issue. This approach ensures that the feature functions and communicates in the same way as other vehicle systems, including in this case a series of visual messages communicated to the driver through the instrument panel.
Recognising the benefits of the Anti-Runaway Automated Park Brake to operators internationally, the UK solution has now been approved for other markets and is available as a factory-fit option
Renault Trucks will be exclusively presenting its new 100% electric ZE range at the forthcoming IAA trade show in Hannover, Germany (20th-27th September 2018). On its 1,700 m2 stand (Hall 17, Stand 21) Renault Trucks will also be displaying seven vehicles from its Euro-6 range, together with its latest research and development work.
As a pioneer in electro-mobility, the spotlight will be on electric mobility with Renault Trucks presenting vehicles from its ZE range, having just announced the launch of its second generation of 100% electric vehicles. Featuring trucks designed for urban use, visitors to IAA 2018 will be able to exclusively view a Master ZE and a Range D Wide ZE, fitted with a refuse body.
Although Renault Trucks has long considered electro-mobility to be the answer to air quality and noise issues in cities, when it comes to long distance road transport, it is convinced that diesel will remain the dominant form of energy for many years to come.
This is why Renault Trucks is continuing its research into improving the energy efficiency of diesel vehicles and will be unveiling details of its FALCON (Flexible & Aerodynamic Truck for Low CONsumption) research project at the trade show.
Racing enthusiasts will be excited to see the very latest Renault Trucks limited edition on its stand – the Range T High Renault Sport Racing – set to be launched in September 2018. Limited to just 100 vehicles and with a decidedly sporty look, the Range T High Renault Sport Racing features Sirius yellow paint – the iconic colour of Renault Sport Racing Formula One – and the yellow and black check that forms the graphic identity of Renault Sport models.
Last, but not least, visitors looking for a thrill will have the opportunity of experiencing a rally raid at the wheel of a Renault Trucks Range K, thanks to two new driving simulators, involving virtual reality helmets and seats mounted on cylinders.
Vehicles on display on the Renault Trucks stand:
Master ZE 3.1 tonnes, fitted with an electric engine.
Range D Wide ZE 26 tonnes, 6xfhh2 carrier, fitted with an electric engine.
Range D 14, 240 hp, fitted with a 5-litre Euro-6 engine, xTL compatible.
Range T 460 Sleeper Cab, 6×2 carrier, fitted with an 11-litre Euro-6 engine.
Range T High 520, 4×2 tractor, Renault Sport Racing limited series, fitted with a 13-litre Euro-6 engine.
Range T High 520 Maxispace, 4×2 tractor, fitted with a 13-litre Euro-6 engine.
Range C 480 Optitrack+ 4×2, fitted with a 13-litre Euro-6 engine
Renault Trucks Financial Services advisers will be available on the stand to offer customers personalised financing and insurance solutions.
Renault Trucks is taking a comprehensive approach to the challenge of electromobility with the announcement of its second generation range of fully electric trucks. With models at weights from 3.1 to 26 tonnes Renault Trucks offers a wide range of solutions for operators providing last mile, urban distribution and refuse collection services.
Over the past 10 years Renault has been working with commercial operators in a number of countries to prove the operational capability and commercial viability of a range of hybrid and fully electric vehicle technologies. Renault Trucks’ President, Bruno Blin explains, “Ten years ago we were the pioneers, promoting electric trucks to improve city air quality. Today we can offer a range of electric vehicles with proven performance and the experts in our network are ready to help our customers’ transition to electromobility.”
Renault Trucks is the first to offer such a wide choice of electric vehicles to operators, with the Master ZE to be available in September 2018 and added to next year with 16t D ZE and 26t D Wide ZE models. All offer zero tailpipe emissions of CO2 and other local pollutants, leaving Bruno Blin to be confident in Renault Trucks’ place in the electromobility market – “Ten years ago we were pioneers, today we are experts.”
The UK and Irish market for electric vehicles
Nigel Butler, Commercial Director for Renault Trucks in the UK and Ireland, has watched developments in electromobility with interest, “Our first hands-on experience with electric vehicles in the UK was during the London Olympics in 2012. We provided a hybrid electric 26t vehicle which delivered Coca-Cola to sites during the Games – it didn’t miss a beat then, or in a further four years’ operating in the capital. I am delighted that we will be expanding our range of electric vehicles next year.”
At a time when everyone in the transport sector needs to work to address air quality and noise challenges as well as reducing global CO2 emissions, availability of the Renault Trucks ZE range is particularly timely and will enable operators, national and local authorities to create robust plans to improve the urban air quality environment.
Zero emissions in practice
The latest technological advances have made electric trucks an economically viable alternative for hauliers, leading Renault Trucks to launch a complete ZE range.
However strict the regulations may be in urban zones, the vehicles in the Renault Trucks ZE operate seamlessly in compliance. They are the perfect solution to safeguard air quality and reduce congestion as they allow noise-free out-of-hours deliveries and emit neither local pollutants nor CO2.
Some prominent names in freight haulage have already opted for electromobility, with two such companies being XPO Logistics and Suez.
“At XPO, we have led by example as the transport industry becomes increasingly aware of the need for alternative power”, said Luis Gomez, managing director-transport, XPO Logistics Europe. “We commend our supplier Renault Trucks for investing in the development of electric vehicles that offer a practical way to achieve zero emissions*. Renault Trucks is shaping the future of commercial transport in an evolving regulatory environment.”
Edouard Hénaut, executive director local authorities services at Suez explains. “We are delighted to see a competitive new industrial solution arrive on the market and to be able to partner with Renault Trucks. This new electric truck offering will allow Suez to help its customers reduce their carbon footprint thanks to a zero-emission environmentally-friendly and silent refuse collection solution.”
Renault Master ZE is available in September 2018
The Renault Master ZE, which will be released in September 2018, is ideal for those last-mile deliveries and provides access to inner-city areas even those with strict traffic restrictions. The battery of this all-electric utility vehicle takes six hours to charge.
Its loading volume is the same as a conventional diesel Renault Master as the batteries are mounted under the front seats. The Master ZE range comes in six variants (four panel vans and two platform cabs) designed to meet all the requirements of professionals working in urban environments. Finally, to protect the driver, the load and keep city-dwellers safe, the Master ZE is fitted with a reversing camera, reversing radar system and wide-view mirror as standard features.
Renault Trucks Range D and D Wide ZE for urban deliveries and refuse collection
The specially designed 16-tonne version of the Renault Trucks D ZE is ideal for urban and temperature-controlled deliveries and the Renault Trucks D Wide ZE will come in a 26-tonne version for efficient refuse collection. Both models will be manufactured at the Renault Trucks plant in Blainville-sur-Orne, Normandy, France in the second half of 2019.
A medium-duty Renault Trucks ZE vehicle has an operating range of up to 300 km (190 mls) depending on usage and battery configuration. The battery pack is the most expensive item when buying an electric truck, but for Renault Trucks, there is no question of compromising on payload or cost-effectiveness, so different operating ranges will be available tailored to customers’ exact needs.
Thanks to rapid DC charging, the Renault Trucks D ZE and Renault Trucks D Wide ZE lithium-ion batteries can be fully charged in as little as one to two hours via the 150 kW Combo CCS connector. For overnight AC charging, the time to fully charge a 300-kWh battery is 12 hours. In this case, a three-phase 380V 32A industrial power socket is perfectly sufficient.
For maximum flexibility in terms of usage and bodywork, the Renault Trucks D ZE and Renault Trucks D Wide ZE are equipped with a power take-off and a standard mechanical interface.