Renault Trucks has unveiled its E-Tech Master OptiModale concept that combines three types of electric transportation in one vehicle.
The van, designed for last mile urban parcel deliveries, includes the 3.5 tonne LWB L3H1 E-Tech Master van with low loader Luton body by Horton Commercials; an eBullitt electric cargo bike; and parcel-carrying drone from Uvatek.
It is based on an E-Tech Master Platform Cab chassis with R75 electric motor and a 33kWh battery.
Offering a typical range of about 80 miles before requiring charge, the vehicle is designed for back-to-base operations that are located on the edge of major conurbations where entering the inner town or city requires zero emission vehicles.
The OptiModale is a two-person operation, which offers the flexibility of delivering larger parcels by van, whilst 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.
Grahame Neagus, Head of 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.
“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.”