Ecological city logistics: electric trucks for the transport of goods in urban centers – electromobility

Ecological city logistics

March 8, 2022 16:34 | Caterina Veigel

Renault Trucks Geodis Oxygen project
Oxygen is the name of the project truck currently being designed by Geodis and Renault Trucks. Features include electric drive, increased safety and comfort, and networked tools.

Renault Trucks and Geodis combine their logistical and technical know-how and design an electric truck for the transport of goods in urban centers. The goal is to develop a new 16-ton electric vehicle at a cost similar to a diesel vehicle.

Emissions regulations, entry restrictions, a variety of modes of mobility (cargo bicycles, bicycles, e-scooters) – freight transport in cities is undergoing profound changes and evolving. In this context, Renault Trucks and Geodis are now combining their skills in a common project: the development of a 16-ton electric truck.

»In view of the ecological urgency and the growth of e-commerce and the establishment of environmental zones in large French cities, the decarbonisation of transport must progress more rapidly. This is the goal of Geodis and of the partnership with Renault Trucks. In terms of sustainable urban logistics, we want to give quick and concrete answers “, says Marie-Christine Lombard, CEO of Geodis.

Bruno Blin, President of Renault Trucks, adds: “The Oxygen project, jointly implemented by Renault Trucks and Geodis, aims to develop a truck that integrates perfectly into the urban landscape. When designing this new truck, the focus was on driver comfort, safety and that of urban dwellers. «

A truck that fits perfectly into the urban landscape

The vehicle, which takes the name of the Oxygen project, was developed jointly and takes into account all the limits and uses of urban delivery traffic: no pollution and noise, as well as an improvement in active and passive safety to better address the coexistence of all road users.

The Oxygen project focuses on the following aspects:

  • More security for the driver and citizens, with a low cabin that offers the driver excellent direct visibility for optimum protection of road users; a large windshield; a camera-based mirror replacement system; a side sliding door on the passenger side.
  • More convenience exiting to the right or left. A significantly lower access height than a standard distribution truck facilitates frequent entry and exit.
  • One optimal ergonomics and better access to the cabin. Cooperation with body builders is envisaged to improve loading and unloading processes in urban areas.
  • Connected toolswhich allow the driver to simplify logistical processes and optimize his tours.
  • Renault Trucks designers also have the features of the truck and that Cabin interior completely redesigned with the aim of a perfect integration of this vehicle into the urban landscape, as well as for greater comfort and appreciation for the driver.

Delivery of the prototype, produced at the Renault Trucks plant in Blainville-sur-Orne, France, is scheduled for the end of 2022. Trials of the truck for urban delivery traffic in Paris are scheduled to start in 2023.

This test, carried out in real conditions, is then followed by an adaptation phase of the vehicle, taking into account the driver’s feedback (ease of use, practicality, recharging). A study follows to optimize the total cost of ownership.

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