Renault Trucks unveils multimodal electric delivery vehicle concept

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Renault Trucks has announced the launch of a new multimodal e-mobility delivery concept, the Renault Trucks E-Tech Master OptiModale.

The E-Tech Master OptiModale combines three types of electric last-mile delivery vehicles: a 3.5-metric ton long-wheelbase L3H1 E-Tech Master van with low loader Luton body by Horton Commercials; an eBullitt electric cargo bike; and parcel-carrying drone from UVATEK.

Suitable for a wide range of logistics operations as well as medical applications, the E-Tech OptiModale is designed to carry and deliver parcels of various sizes. Its Luton body holds the parcels and acts as the ‘mothership’ for the eCargo bike and drone helipad system.

Grahame Neagus, head of light commercial vehicle (LCV) at Renault Trucks UK & Ireland, said, “The all-new Renault Trucks E-Tech Master OptiModale addresses the pressing need to improve air quality and pollution in our cities while improving accessibility and productivity for operators. 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.

“The E-Tech Master OptiModale is a two-person operation, offering the flexibility of delivering larger parcels by van, while the second team member takes the eBullitt cargo bike for last-mile deliveries where congestion is at its worst. Additionally, the drone provides rapid deployment for urgent situations, such as delivering vital drugs or supplies to challenging or inaccessible locations. 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 metric tons,” said Neagus.

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