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Renault Trucks and Geodis team-up to develop a new electric truck

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Renault Trucks has revealed that it is teaming up with logistics firm Geodis to develop an electric heavy truck dedicated to meeting the requirements of city centre freight transport.

They say that changes are occurring in urban freight transport, whether in terms of emission regulations, restricted access, or the proliferation of other transport including bikes and scooters sharing the public space.

However, Renault says that vehicles with a tonnage of over 3.5 tonnes will remain at the core of urban distribution. 

And with a range of electric vehicles ranging from 3.5 to 26 tonnes, Renault Trucks has been working for 10 years on reducing the environmental footprint of city logistics. 

Geodis, whose ambition is to reduce its CO2 emissions by 30% by 2030, has undertaken to provide carbon-free deliveries to 37 cities in France by 2023.

Develop a brand new 16-tonne electric urban truck

Through their new collaboration, the truck maker and its logistics partner are combining their know-how to develop a brand new 16-tonne electric urban truck at a comparable cost to that of a diesel vehicle.

Renault says this is a prerequisite for the widespread adoption of alternative power units.

The firm’s president, Bruno Blin, said: “We have noticed that the image of the truck is changing; at last, it is being perceived as an indispensable tool. 

“The purpose of the project is to design a truck that will seamlessly blend into the urban landscape, among other road users in areas with traffic and even in pedestrian zones.”

He added: “This new truck will be designed for the driver’s working comfort and safety, and for the safety of city dwellers.”

‘Step up the decarbonisation of transport’

Marie-Christine Lombard, the chief executive of Geodis, said: “The environmental emergency combined with the growth of e-Commerce and the implementation of low-emission zones mean that we urgently need to step up the decarbonisation of transport. 

“This is the objective of Geodis in forming this partnership with Renault Trucks.”

She added: “We want to quickly provide concrete answers to the issue of sustainable urban logistics.”

With a project name of ‘Oxygen’, the aim is to create a truck that ‘seamlessly blends into the urban landscape’.

Functions of city centre delivery and eliminate pollution and noise

The new truck will make it possible to integrate all the requirements and functions of city centre delivery and eliminate pollution and noise, improvement of active and passive safety to better manage co-existence with all road users.

The project will, Renault says, improve safety for the driver and the public thanks to a lowered cab giving the driver an excellent direct view for optimal protection of road users.

There will also be a large windscreen and multiple cameras instead of rear-view mirrors to offer a 360° view, plus there will be a sliding side door on the passenger side to restrict the door opening angle.

Delivery of the electric truck prototype is scheduled for the end of this year and will be produced at Renault Trucks’ site in Blainville-sur-Orne in France.

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