Gijon’s Municipal Urban Environment Services Company (EMULSA) has begun to use its first Renault Access vehicles. These trucks are designed for bin collection and have a low entry cabin with the lowest access height available on the market - only 435 millimetres above ground level – to make life easier for the bin collectors.
There are two different options: a rigid 4x2 (18T) truck or a 6x2*4 (26T) truck. The second of these has a rear-drive axle. The engine is the Renault Trucks DXi 7 Euro 5, and is available in 270 or 310 HP versions. In both cases, the gearbox is an Allison 3000, which has two driving modes: Eco, which priorities low fuel consumption, and Dynamic, which provides the maximum possible power at all times. This transmission automatically goes into neutral every time the vehicle stops – the driver doesn’t have to do anything.
One of its most outstanding characteristics is the cabin headroom – over two metres – which makes it feel spacious. The total area of the cabin windows is 1.564 square metres, which contributes to the absence of blind spots and gives much greater visibility than in similar vehicles. The two wide-angle rear-view mirrors, a forward view mirror and curb rear-view mirror, all contribute to this improved visibility.
The Renault Trucks’ Access has a pneumatically suspended driver’s seat for greater comfort. Its doors are similar to bus doors, and automatically close when the truck starts to move. They can also be closed manually.