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Renault unveils multimodal electric delivery vehicle concept

Renault Trucks has unveiled a new E-Tech Master OptiModale concept that offers 3 options for electric "last mile" delivery combining a van, a cargo e-bike and a parcel delivery drone.

The machine has been produced by Renault Trucks to showcase a 'multimodal' solution for last-mile deliveries that could help to reduce congestion and pollution in urban areas.

The 'mothership' of the E-Tech Master OptiModale is a 3.5-tonne long wheelbase L3H1 E-Tech Master van, fitted with a Low Loader Luton body produced by Horton Commercials. Based on the platform cab version of the truck, it is powered by a 33kWh battery – a 52kWh version (as used in the current Renault Zoe line up) is also available giving an estimated range of around 80 miles.

The eBullitt bike can carry up to 100kg of parcels, and is equipped with a Shimano e-system which can offer electrical pedal assist for a range of 31 miles. The battery can be removed and charged in the van, with a full charge from empty taking four hours.

Stored above the bike, the Uvatek heli-drone can carry loads up to 2kg in weight. Renault Trucks does not that drone flying is restricted in certain areas, but says the machine could be used for time-sensitive deliveries in countryside or across water.

The E-Tech Master OptiModale is conceived as a two-person vehicle, allowing for one to make deliveries via a van, with the second making deliveries using the cargo bike in congested areas.

Graeme Neagus, Renault Trucks UK's head of LCV, said: "By harnessing multiple modes of electric transport, this is an all-in-one sustainable solution that is set to transform the rapidly growing parcel market, and can be replicated anywhere in the world.

"Optimodale delivers an innovative “last mile” solution and is a clear illustration of the breadth and depth of our thinking, providing Renault Trucks logistics customers with a sustainable solution from 2kg all the way up to 44 tonne.”


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