At the recent ITT Hub show in Farnborough, Renault Trucks launched a first last-mile multimodal e-mobility concept, the Renault Trucks E-Tech Master OptiModale, for cleaner, greener and more accessible urban deliveries.
Designed and put into service by Renault Trucks to help reduce traffic jams and improve air quality in urban areas, the unique E-Tech Master OptiModale combines three types of electric transport in a single vehicle: a 3 .5 Ton LWB L3H1 E-Tech Master with Luton Low Loader Bed by Horton Commercials; an eBullitt electric cargo bike; and UVATEK’s parcel transporter drone.
Suitable for a wide range of logistics operations as well as medical applications, the E-Tech OptiModale is designed to transport and deliver parcels of various sizes. Its specially commissioned Low Loader Luton body holds the packages and acts as the “mothership” for the eCargo bike and drone helipad system.
Grahame Neagus, Head of LCV at Renault Trucks UK & Ireland, said: “The all-new Renault Trucks E-Tech Master OptiModale responds to the pressing need to improve air quality and pollution in our cities while improving the accessibility and operator productivity. By harnessing multiple modes of electric transportation, it 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.
Grahame Neagus continues: “The E-Tech Master OptiModale is a two-person operation, offering the flexibility to deliver larger packages by van, while the second team member takes the eBullitt cargo bike for deliveries of the last kilometer where congestion is at its peak. Additionally, the drone allows rapid deployment for urgent situations, such as delivering life-saving drugs or supplies to difficult or inaccessible locations. Optimodale offers an innovative “last mile” solution and illustrates well the breadth and depth of our thinking, offering Renault Trucks logistics customers a sustainable solution from 2 kg to 44 tonnes.
Based on a Renault Trucks E-Tech Master Platform Cab chassis with the R75 electric motor and a 33 kWh battery (also available with the new 52 kWh battery for even greater autonomy), the LWB L3H1 platform cab of 3 .5 tonnes is ideal for combining autonomy and payload for this type of operation. Offering a typical range of approximately 80 miles before requiring a charge, this vehicle is ideal for return-to-base operations located on the edge of major population centers where entry into the city center or town requires vehicles to zero emission.
A 4100mm Luton Low Loader body specially commissioned by Horton Commercials is fully equipped for parcel delivery with folding shelves, with an electric cargo bike store on the near side with bike lift and heli-drone cushion system.
The latest generation eBullitt electric cargo bike, capable of carrying up to 100kg of small packages, is finished in a Renault Trucks Red frame with a matching white cargo box. It is equipped with the latest Shimano electric system which can provide up to 50 km of electric assistance for the cyclist and once back on board the E-Tech Master OptiModale, the battery can be removed and charged in 1 hour at 50%, 2 hours. at 80% and 4 hours at 100%.
Above the eCargo bike slot is the retractable heli-drone from which UVATEK’s latest generation parcel carrier drone can be launched, carrying high-value loads up to 2 kg.
Although drone flight is currently restricted in certain areas, its speed and accuracy are ideal for urgent emergency deliveries, for example, over the countryside or over water.