The drone has been included in Renault’s all-electric delivery solution along with a battery-powered van and an electronic motorcycle to allow companies to transport goods to busy city centers without leaving a measurable carbon footprint.
This week the British division of Renault Truck introduced by E-Tech OptiModale’s master delivery product, which completes an electric van with a battery-powered bike and drone to provide the most complete range of eco-friendly options to get customers ordered products. The idea is as simple as it is complete.
The van is used to transport goods that are in warehouses in remote areas to deliver them closer to city centers, where traffic and parking often become a problem. From there, the electronic bike is loaded with parcels to transport the last mile to several destinations in one zone. In cases involving orders medicationfragile or urgently needed goods – or in hard-to-reach places – drones are deployed for fast flights to deliver.
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The concept of sustainable development was developed and commissioned by Renault Trucks and deployed by its divisions in the UK and Ireland. It combines a 3.8-ton E-Tech Master van with 33 kW / h battery power, an eBullitt electric cargo bike and a delivery drone manufactured by an English specialist. UAVTEK. This option with a relatively short jump can carry up to two kilograms of payload, and an electronic bicycle can carry a maximum of 100 kilograms.
“The brand new Renault Trucks E-Tech Master OptiModale addresses the urgent need to improve air quality and pollution in our cities, while improving accessibility and performance for operators,” said Graham Nigus, CEO of Renault Trucks UK & Ireland. “Using multiple modes of electric transport, this is a sustainable all-in-one solution that will change the fast-growing parcel market and can be replicated anywhere in the world.”
The delivery three in one the package is for use by two people. At full load the electronic bike can travel 31 miles with the automatic and charge in four hours after attaching to the side of the truck. Helicopter pad that promotes drone flights and plantings are fastened over this space. The autonomous autonomous van has about 80 miles.
“Optimodale offers an innovative last mile solution and is a vivid illustration of the breadth and depth of our thinking, providing Renault Trucks logistics customers with a sustainable solution from 2 kg to 45 tonnes,” says Neagus.
It is unclear how soon Renault plans to launch the platform into mass production or open it for sale. Given, for example, the early stages of drone delivery, it may take some time before regulation frees up the possibility of routine UAV flights over many cities around the world and allows non-specialized operators to take control.