STEF-TFE tests 16-tonne all electric rigid with Carrefour

Lyon, France: Renault delivered a prototype all-electric, 16-tonne, refrigerated Renault Midlum to temperature-controlled logistics company STEF-TFE for a year’s trial with Carrefour Group’s Lyon retail store distribution operation.

The truck is one of the largest all-electric trucks on the road for distribution of fresh food products in an urban environment.

Early next year the refrigerated truck will be used to supply eight Carrefour stores in the centre of Lyon and surrounding conurbation – Carrefour Planet Vénissieux, Carrefour Market at Saint-Fons, as well as several Carrefour City, 8 à huit and Marché + convenience stores.

Using this silent truck will mean that deliveries to town centre stores can be made early in the morning between 5am and 7am.  The refrigerated truck will then travel to the Saint-Pierre-de-Chandieu logistics platform so that it can make a delivery to the Carrefour Planet store at Vénissieux in the early afternoon.  Altogether, it will cover a distance of 75 km. The truck has a 5.5-tonne payload with an operating range of 100km and can be recharged in 8 hours.

As a result, the vehicle has all the qualities needed for it to blend into its urban environment.

This vehicle is the result of collaboration between Renault Trucks, PVI, an electric truck specialist manufacturer, and IFP Energies nouvelles, a public-sector research centre.  The truck was developed as part of the Melodys project, receiving financial support from the ADEME demonstrator fund.  The purpose of this experiment is to test technologies that could be subsequently incorporated into production vehicles under actual operating conditions.

The prototype all-electric, 16-tonne, refrigerated Renault Midlum on trial with Carrefour


  • Operating range: 100 km
  • Recharging time: 8 hours
  • Electric motor power: 103 kW
  • 3 Lithium ion battery packs with 50 kWh capacity
  • Payload: 5.5 tonnes
  • Bodywork: refrigerated body