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Archive: 2019

  1. Year 2020: A New Working Environment For Greater Efficiency

    rhcvRenault Trucks is launching the 2020 versions of its range of distribution vehicles. The D and D Wide are fitted with a refreshed ergonomic and comfortable interior design, safety features and aerodynamic equipment. The new versions of Renault Trucks’ distribution vehicles are 100% connected.

    A refreshed interior design for greater comfort Renault Trucks has reworked the interior design of its D and D Wide models. The 2020 versions feature a redesigned dashboard that includes a new steering wheel and a new black and white instrument cluster.

    To make the driver’s job easier, a tablet holder, an optional holder for a second smartphone and two USB-C ports have been added. The vehicles are also supplied with new radio equipment, compatible with the DAB+ digital terrestrial radio network.

    For a higher level of comfort, Renault Trucks offers its Comfort Pack as an option, which includes a leather steering wheel, a driver’s seat with side support, additional storage compartments, a second smartphone holder and a sunroof (for the D Wide only).

    New equipment for increased safety The Renault Trucks D and D Wide are fitted with adaptive cruise control (ACC) as standard. ACC maintains a safe distance from the vehicle in front by automatically adjusting acceleration and braking for greater safety, smoother driving and reduced driver fatigue.

    For improved visibility, the Renault Trucks D and D Wide are available with LED rear lights.

    For a high level of safety, Renault Trucks offers its Protect Pack as an option, which includes LED rear lights, a hill start aid, a vision door and a reverse alarm to improve protection for road users.

    Connected trucks for increased productivity Renault Trucks diesel vehicles are fitted with Euro 6 Step D engines, which are both fuel efficient and environmentally friendly.

    To further increase vehicle efficiency and productivity, Renault Trucks D-series models are connected as standard (TGW 4G). They are therefore compatible with Optifleet, Renault Trucks’ fleet management solution. With Optifleet, vehicle activity is managed in real time, which means that the main items of expenditure can be fully controlled. Fleet managers can track the fuel consumption of their vehicles with Optifleet Check and geolocate them in real time with Optifleet Map.

    For maximum productivity, Renault Trucks offers its Fuel Eco Pack as an option, which includes an adjustable roof deflector, inhibited power mode, automatic engine stop after three minutes, the Optiroll “free wheel” function (on the D Wide), optimised Fuel Eco gearbox software (on the D Wide) and a clutchable air compressor (on DTI 11 engines only).

    The Renault Trucks D and D Wide E engines are compatible with XTL synthetic fuel and biodiesel. The 2020 Range D line up will also see the introduction of 100% electric D and D Wide Z.E. models.

  2. RHCV Marks Successful Opening of New £3.5m Site

    Nigel Baxter, MD at RHCV and Carlos Rodrigues and MD of Renault Trucks UK cut the ribbon to the new Nottingham siteEast Midlands Renault Trucks dealer, RH Commercial Vehicle’s (RHCV) marked the official opening of its new £3.5m site in Nottingham last week, with a special event.

    More than 90 people celebrated the opening at in Bulwell, Nottingham, including staff, representatives from Renault Trucks UK and suppliers and contractors, who had contributed to the high-quality build of RHCV’s new head office and Nottingham site.

    Located just three miles from Junction 26 of the M1, planning permission for the new 1.7-acre site was granted in 2018. A significant 12-month development programme immediately followed with contractors, Samclo Construction handing over the keys to RHCV in June 2019.

    The new site was developed as part of plans to boost accessibility and enhance RHCV’s presence along the M1 corridor, joining the dealership’s existing sites in Northampton, Leicester and Alfreton. In addition, the site boosted RHCV’s service offering with a workshop, a brand-new authorised testing facility (ATF) lane, paint booth and tacho-rolling bay.

    During the event, Nigel Baxter, Managing Director at RHCV and Carlos Rodrigues, Managing Director of Renault Trucks UK delivered speeches to the guests. They thanked them for their commitment and dedication to ensuring the site was delivered to the highest standard for staff and customers, before officially cutting the ribbon to the site.

    Nigel Baxter said: “We were delighted to welcome special guests to the event and thank them for their efforts in helping to complete the extensive build in such a short timeframe.

    “The official opening marked an exciting new chapter for RHCV and our head office. We are constantly responding to customer needs and through the new improved site and a clear strategy, we will be able to continue providing an unrivalled and flexible service within new and used truck sales, workshop and parts delivery alongside contract hire and truck and van rental.”

  3. Leeroy Grabs Opportunity to Launch New Business

    L to R - Paul Pearson, RHCV, Clodagh Howcroft, Crassus Grab Hire, Leeroy Howcroft, Crassus Grab Hire, Simon Bailey, RHCVA serial entrepreneur has launched a new business despite being registered blind.

    Leeroy Howcroft (48) from Draycott, Derbyshire has run numerous business over the years despite being registered blind for the past 29 years, and suffers from a genetic neurological disorder.

    Crassus Grab Hire Ltd, was launched by Leeroy and his wife, Clodagh and is based at Hilltop Farm near Draycott. This new venture follows on from previous businesses including a successful roofing firm. Leeroy also runs a 15-unit overnight accommodation for local construction workers at Hilltop Farm.

    Despite his condition Leeroy has launched this new business as well as being involved in various charitable projects and supporting My Sight previously Nottinghamshire Royal Society for the Blind (NRSB).

    The couple chose to set up the business, after deciding they wanted to start a new venture together and named the business after Marcus Licinius Crassus – ‘The richest man in Rome’ to reflect their ambitions.

    Crassus Grab Hire provides customers across the East Midlands with cost-effective waste removal and demolition solutions, as well as the delivery of aggregates, sand, stone and topsoil.

    Leeroy said: “The first months for Crassus Grab Hire has been incredible, with a high volume of business already coming through our door.  I have never let my sight problems dampen my ambitions, but it helps to be supported by the right suppliers, such as the team at RH Commercial Vehicles, who understand I operate slightly differently perhaps to some of their other customers.”

    East Midlands Renault Trucks dealer, RH Commercial Vehicles (RHCV) supplied £290k worth of Renault tipper trucks to Leeroy.  Leeroy has two new Renault C Range 430 BHP 8×4 tipper grab trucks with an Epsilon crane and a steel tipping body. The vehicle is capable of loading and discharging its self without manual handling.

    Leeroy added “With the current success of the business we’re expecting to purchase another two trucks in the coming months and we will be returning to RHCV when we do.”

    Simon Bailey, Sales Manager at RHCV said: “We are proud that we have been able to support Leeroy and supply two new Renault trucks, and assist his new business.”

    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).

  4. VIP Guests First to Tour RHCV’s New Nottingham Site

    L to R. Carlos Rodrigues (Renault Trucks) Paul Pearson (RHCV), Nigel Baxter (RHCV) and Bruno Blin (Renault Trucks)East Midlands Renault Truck dealer, RH Commercial Vehicles (RHCV), recently welcomed VIP guests – Carlos Rodrigues, Managing Director of Renault Trucks UK and Ireland and Bruno Blin, President of Renault Trucks – for a tour of its new £3.5m site in Nottingham.

    This was the first time that Bruno, who was visiting from Renault Trucks’ headquarters in France, had visited any of the RHCV’s four East Midlands sites.

    RHCV’s Managing Director, Nigel Baxter and Commercial Director, Paul Pearson led the tour of the site. The duo met various members of RHCV’s team plus customers – Justin & Ashley Sherwood, Directors of Fred Sherwood Group, and John Matthews, Managing Director of Allegro Transport.

    Located just three miles from Junction 26 of the M1, the new site was developed over 12-months as part of RHCV’s strategy to boost accessibility and enhance the dealership’s presence along the M1 corridor. This new facility joins the dealership’s existing sites in Northampton, Leicester and Alfreton.

    Nigel Baxter, Managing Director of RH Commercial Vehicles, said: “It was a real privilege to welcome Carlos, Bruno and some of our customers to the new site.  Not only did they get to view the new and enhanced facilities, such as a new workshop, a brand-new ATF lane, paint booth and tacho-rolling bay, but they got to meet and chat with our hard-working employees who have been instrumental in the success of the operation over the last few years.”

    Carlos Rodrigues, Managing Director of Renault Trucks UK, said: “RHCV’s site opening marks a successful year for the team and it was great to see RHCV’s new site and the significant investment they have made. The new facility will be pivotal in helping RHCV support both current and new customers in the best possible way.”

    Bruno Blin, President of Renault Trucks added: “At Renault Trucks, it is always important that we strive to help our customers in any way we can, to ensure they reach success in their business and RHCV’s new site will be important in helping us to achieve that.”

     

  5. Wearable AR Tech Drives Future for Renault Trucks Technicians

    Renault truksRenault Trucks is rolling out its innovative remote mentoring solution, ‘Optiview’ in its workshops across the country. Equipping technicians with RealWear HMT-1 headsets will enable them to significantly speed up repairs and maintenance for its customers.

    The RealWear headset, used in conjunction with LibreStream Onsight Connect software, allows technicians to connect hands-free with Renault Trucks’ technical support for live assistance, as well as enabling them to capture images and videos, playback training videos and refer to manuals.

    Derek Leech, Service Market & Retail Development Director, says: “Optiview is an exciting step for Renault Trucks, marking a new era where wearable AR and voice command technology becomes the norm in our workshops and out in the field. The headset is the ideal wearable choice for technicians, giving them the support of the technical team right when they need it to speed up diagnosis and repair on complex issues. This technology will improve the efficiency of our dealer network and our customer service, resolving issues more swiftly.”

    The HMT-1 has a completely hands-free voice-controlled user interface allowing technicians to operate the tools and equipment needed for the job, whilst maintaining full situational awareness and maximum productivity. It is designed to offer hands-on technicians the ability to access a virtual 7-inch tablet that sits just below their line of sight.

    This technology used in Optiview, also offers future opportunities including remote warranty parts inspections, speeding up authorisation of warranty claims and payments.

    Derek Leech adds: “The possibilities to transform the way we work with this technology are far-reaching, from hands-free inspections and voice activated report writing, to creating live step by step instructions. The future starts here.”

  6. Renault Trucks Take Racing Line at Convoy in the Park

    592467_renaultthighsport_36-lrRenault Trucks returns to Donnington Park, 10 and 11th August, for Convoy in the Park 2019 presenting a show-stopping line-up with a racing theme.

    One of the top attractions to the Renault Trucks stand promises to be the Range T520 High Sport Limited Edition, striking in Sirius yellow paint – the iconic colour of the F1 Renault Sport Racing team – together with the black and check that forms the striking livery of all Renault Sports models.

    Visitors will have the opportunity to view the T High Sport 6×2 Pusher TML equipped with a flat floor cab and an outstanding combination of space, comfort and well-appointed working and living areas appealing to both drivers and operators alike.  Performance comes from Renault Trucks’ 13-litre DTi engine rated at 520hp which is coupled to an Optidriver 12-speed automated transmission system.  With only ten T High Sports being made available in right hand drive form, this is a rare chance to see this prestige model up close.

    Further enhancing the racing theme, MTHL Racing’s 11 litre Renault Premium race truck and driver Graham Powell will also be on the Renault Trucks stand.

    Sharing the limelight on stand is a special edition Renault Trucks T520 High, resplendent in ruby red paintwork to celebrate 40 years of the Renault Trucks brand in the UK.

    Additionally, East Midlands Renault Trucks dealer, RH Commercial Vehicles will be displaying some of its favourite customer vehicles on the stand. Alongside Jon Waddoups and W. Coy & Son’s T Highs there will be an 11-litre Range T 6×2 tractor unit with mini midlift, which offers significant payload advantages for cost-conscious operators and is ideal for aggregate or liquid applications with a factory-fitted PTO and tipping equipment.

    The Renault Trucks stand will also feature a Range C430 Tridem with PPG insulated aluminium aggregate body carefully configured to suit a wide cross-section of multi-axle tipper operations. For operators looking for the manoeuvrability of a six-wheeler with the load capacity of an eight-wheeler, the Range C Tridem with factory-fitted extra axle adaption provides an effective solution. The Range C Tridem is powered by Renault Trucks’ efficient DTi 11 litre engine which produces 424hp and 2050 Nm of torque. Behind this is a 12 speed Optidriver automated transmission system.

    Convoy in the Park is a great opportunity for Renault Trucks to continue the promotion of its #proudprofessionals campaign, which celebrates the valuable contribution made by everyone who works in the commercial vehicle industry.  Visitors are invited to join Renault Trucks at their stand and enter the exclusive #proudprofessionals competition to win official Renault Trucks ‘Drivers are Heroes’ merchandise.

    Making its debut at Convoy in the Park’s Used Trucks Village, Used Trucks by Renault Trucks is proud to be displaying two Range T460 6×2 tractor units which will also be available to purchase.

  7. RHCV’s Northampton branch goes the distance

    L to R. Rachel Payne and Paul PearsonEast Midlands Renault Trucks dealer, RH Commercial Vehicles (RHCV) has marked a successful year of growth, since expanding into Northampton just a year ago, with new customers, three new starters and three promotions.

    With a further three sites in Nottingham, Leicester and Alfreton, the business has gone from strength to strength, following its acquisition from Renault Trucks Commercials. The acquisition formed part of RHCV’s strategic plan to extend its services to a wider customer base.

    Since the acquisition, RHCV has grown its customer base in the area significantly and as a result, the business has strengthened its 11-strong person team at the site, with a number of hires and promotions, to meet this growth and demand.

    Rachel Payne is the Dealer Point Manager, brought in to head up the Northampton site last year. Her unrivalled experience has helped build and grow the business. Over the last 12 months, there have been three other key appointments. 38-year-old, Thomas Long has joined RHCV as a Service Advisor, with a focus on providing a seamless and efficient service to customers, while 19-year-old James Garrard and 17-year-old Harry Fehr joined the team as apprentices.

    There has also been a number of promotions in recent months, recognising the talent and hard work of the existing members of staff. Darryl Sartain, who has worked at the site for more than seven years, was promoted from Master Technician to Workshop Foreman and is now responsible for running RHCV’s workshop. Lewis Adams, who had worked at the site for five years and Piotr Walendziak, who has worked at the site for two years, were also promoted to Shift Supervisors.

    RHCV has also enhanced its used trucks sales service over the last 12 months, which is now fully operational from the Northampton site. Sales Executive, Richard Ware has moved from Nottingham to head up the service.

    Rachel said: “Since opening just 12 months ago, the team has been incredibly driven to deliver excellent results. As a result, we have been able to make new appointments and promotions. The response from customers has been great, with many choosing to return to use our services again and again.”

    RHCV’s determination to provide an excellent customer service also saw the team recognised at the national business awards within its sector, when it was awarded the prestigious Franchised Dealer of the Year Award at the Commercial Motor Awards.

    Additionally, for the third year running, RHCV was proud to win Sales Dealer of the Year and Dealer of the Year at the annual Renault Trucks Dealer Awards at Manchester, beating 60 other competitors from across the UK and Ireland.

    Paul Pearson, Commercial Director at RHCV, said: “At RHCV, we have always made it our ethos to go the extra mile for customers and the acquisition of the Northampton site guaranteed our services were as convenient as possible for customers in the surrounding area.

    “Through the successful delivery of a very clear sales strategy and a determined management team, we have seen a steady increase in new and used truck sales, workshop and parts delivery alongside a strong and flexible contract hire and truck and van rental offer and this is set to only increase in the next 12 months as we continue to deliver a first-class service.”

    Established 40 years ago, RHCV has its head office in Nottingham and a further three sites in Leicester, Alfreton and Northampton. The company employs 90 staff and sell, leases, services and repairs heavy (HGV) and lig

    East Midlands Renault Trucks dealer, RH Commercial Vehicles (RHCV) has marked a successful year of growth, since expanding into Northampton just a year ago, with new customers, three new starters and three promotions.

    With a further three sites in Nottingham, Leicester and Alfreton, the business has gone from strength to strength, following its acquisition from Renault Trucks Commercials. The acquisition formed part of RHCV’s strategic plan to extend its services to a wider customer base.

    Since the acquisition, RHCV has grown its customer base in the area significantly and as a result, the business has strengthened its 11-strong person team at the site, with a number of hires and promotions, to meet this growth and demand.

    Rachel Payne is the Dealer Point Manager, brought in to head up the Northampton site last year. Her unrivalled experience has helped build and grow the business. Over the last 12 months, there have been three other key appointments. 38-year-old, Thomas Long has joined RHCV as a Service Advisor, with a focus on providing a seamless and efficient service to customers, while 19-year-old James Garrard and 17-year-old Harry Fehr joined the team as apprentices.

    There has also been a number of promotions in recent months, recognising the talent and hard work of the existing members of staff. Darryl Sartain, who has worked at the site for more than seven years, was promoted from Master Technician to Workshop Foreman and is now responsible for running RHCV’s workshop. Lewis Adams, who had worked at the site for five years and Piotr Walendziak, who has worked at the site for two years, were also promoted to Shift Supervisors.

    RHCV has also enhanced its used trucks sales service over the last 12 months, which is now fully operational from the Northampton site. Sales Executive, Richard Ware has moved from Nottingham to head up the service.

    Rachel said: “Since opening just 12 months ago, the team has been incredibly driven to deliver excellent results. As a result, we have been able to make new appointments and promotions. The response from customers has been great, with many choosing to return to use our services again and again.”

    RHCV’s determination to provide an excellent customer service also saw the team recognised at the national business awards within its sector, when it was awarded the prestigious Franchised Dealer of the Year Award at the Commercial Motor Awards.

    Additionally, for the third year running, RHCV was proud to win Sales Dealer of the Year and Dealer of the Year at the annual Renault Trucks Dealer Awards at Manchester, beating 60 other competitors from across the UK and Ireland.

    Paul Pearson, Commercial Director at RHCV, said: “At RHCV, we have always made it our ethos to go the extra mile for customers and the acquisition of the Northampton site guaranteed our services were as convenient as possible for customers in the surrounding area.

    “Through the successful delivery of a very clear sales strategy and a determined management team, we have seen a steady increase in new and used truck sales, workshop and parts delivery alongside a strong and flexible contract hire and truck and van rental offer and this is set to only increase in the next 12 months as we continue to deliver a first-class service.”

    Established 40 years ago, RHCV has its head office in Nottingham and a further three sites in Leicester, Alfreton and Northampton. The company employs 90 staff and sell, leases, services and repairs heavy (HGV) and light commercial (LCV) vehicles across the East Midlands.

  8. Renault Trucks To Double Range T High Production

    RHCV1James Charnock, Commercial Trucks and Services Director, Renault Trucks, comments: “We are delighted by the response to the Range T High since its launch. We have a very strong order booked filled to the end of the year so this increase in production capacity will enable us to offer more T Highs to more customers in a shorter time.”

    He continues: “This truck offers the perfect work life balance, effortlessly meeting the needs of those who want a home-from-home working environment, a truck which offers a great image for their business yet still provides outstanding operational efficiency.”

    The T High has been welcomed by operators in the UK and Ireland, both by operators looking for a striking new vehicle for their fleets, and those who recognise that the T High’s features and comfort will help them to attract and retain the best drivers.

    James Charnock concludes: “Drivers love the generous working, living and sleeping environment, which helps to increase satisfaction and productivity. Enhanced residual values also underpin the T High’s excellent total cost of ownership performance, so it makes real commercial sense for long-haul operators.”

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  9. Renault Trucks delivers a D Wide Z.E. to Lyon Metropole

    On Monday, 17 June 2019, Renault Trucks CEO Bruno Blin handed Thierry Philip, Lyon Metropole Vice President and head of environment, health and well-being in the city, the keys to a 100% electric refuse collection vehicle.

    Renault Trucks is assisting Lyon Metropole with its plans to diversify the energy of its fleet of refuse collection vehicles by providing this 26-tonne Range D Wide Z.E., the first of the second generation of Renault Trucks electric trucks.  Made in the manufacturer’s Blainville-Sur-Orne plant in Normandy, the vehicle will be put into service in Meyzieu within the Lyon metropolitan area, from June 2019.

    For Renault Trucks, electromobility is the answer to the problematic issue of air quality and noise pollution in urban areas and one of the answers to global CO2 emissions. Bruno Blin emphasised: “Electric mobility is at the core of the energy strategy we have implemented to meet EU regulations aimed at significantly reducing the CO2 emissions of vehicles over 16 tonnes.*” * -15% by 2025 and -30% by 2020.

    Refuse collection is an application for which electrical technology is particularly well suited.

    The operating cycles of refuse collection vehicles include a great deal of stopping and restarting (300 to 800 times for each collection round), resulting in high fuel consumption and significant dust and particle emissions linked to the rapid wear of the braking system.

    As electric vehicles mainly use their engines to slow down, use of brakes and the production of related emissions are both reduced. For a Euro VI truck, particulate emissions linked to abrasion (the wear of tyres and brakes) are higher than emissions linked to fuel use.

    The 26-tonne Renault Trucks D Wide Z.E. features an electric engine in the wheelbase, providing the interface between the truck and its equipment. The vehicle has been converted by Faun Environnement, who coupled a hydraulic pump to the standard interface in order to power the refuse collection system. Faun Environnement optimised both the bodywork and its mass to compensate for the weight of the batteries. The bodywork specialist also altered the hydraulic circuit to reduce noise levels and soundproofed the rear section to confine the noise created by falling waste to within the trailer. These changes have enabled noise levels to be reduced by 3 decibels.

    Developed with assistance from the French Environment & Energy Management Agency (ADEME), this Range D Wide Z.E. refuse collection truck is the first pre-production vehicle of the Renault Trucks range of electric trucks, which is due to be launched onto the market at the end of 2019.