New truck adapted for urban logistics unveiled by Renault and Geodis

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Renault Trucks and GEODIS are designing an electric HGV dedicated to urban logistics, thereby meeting the requirements of city-centre freight transport.

New truck adapted for urban logistics unveiled by Renault and Geodis
Image credits @ Renault Trucks

Changes are occurring in urban freight transport, whether in terms of emission regulations, restricted access, or the proliferation of modes of mobility (cargo bikes, bicycles, scooters, etc.) sharing the public space.

Through the collaboration between automotive manufacturer Renault and logistics services provider Geodis, the companies are developing a 16-tonne electric urban truck, at a comparable cost  (TCO) to that of a diesel vehicle, which is a prerequisite for the widespread adoption of alternative power units.

“The environmental emergency combined with the growth of e-commerce and the implementation of low-emission zones in major French cities means that we urgently need to step up the decarbonization of transport,” said GEODIS Chief Executive Officer Marie-Christine Lombard.

Delivery of the prototype is scheduled for the end of 2022. It will be produced at Renault Trucks’ site in Blainville-sur-Orne, France, the first European plant to manufacture series production electric trucks since 2020.

The truck will be tested for urban deliveries in Paris, starting in 2023. This real-world testing will be followed by a phase of adaptation of the vehicle incorporating feedback from drivers covering comfort of use, practicality, recharging, etc., and then by a study to optimize the total cost of ownership.

Improved safety, greater comfort, optimal ergonomics

The new truck is promised to provide improved safety for the driver and the public thanks to a lowered cab giving the driver a direct view for optimal protection of road users; a large windshield and multiple cameras instead of rear-view mirrors, offering a 360° view; a sliding side door on the passenger side restricting the door opening angle.

Greater comfort for the driver is also among the priorities for both companies. The driver will be able to get out of the truck on either side, left or right. Climbing in and out of the truck will be made easier by a much lower access height than on a standard delivery truck.

Optimal ergonomics and easier access to the cargo space is a must for modern delivery vehicles, stress the designers. To achieve this, a three-way partnership with a bodybuilder is under consideration with a view to improving loading/unloading operations in an urban environment.

To ensure that this vehicle blends into the urban landscape perfectly and with a view to enhancing both the comfort and the self-esteem of the driver, Renault Trucks designers have completely redesigned both the exterior lines of the truck and the interior of the cab.

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