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PARIS: Renault Trucks and Geodis are to design and build a prototype 16-tonne electric-powered truck for city-centre use by the end of 2022.

Geodis wants to reduce its CO2 emissions 30 percent by 2030 and provide carbon-free deliveries to 37 cities in France by 2023, beginning with Paris.

The vehicle project, dubbed ‘Oxygen’, will be produced at Renault’s site in Blainville-sur-Orne, France where it has been manufacturing electric trucks since 2020.

“The environmental emergency combined with the growth of e-commerce and the implementation of low-emission zones in major French cities mean that we urgently need to step up the decarbonization of transport,” said Geodis CEO Marie-Christine Lombard. “This is the objective of forming this partnership with Renault Trucks. We want to quickly provide concrete answers to the issue of sustainable urban logistics.”

With an existing range of electric vehicles from 3.5 to 26 tonnes, Renault has used this experience to make the following improvements to the new vehicle:

• Improved safety for the driver and the public with a lowered cab, a large windshield and multiple cameras offering a 360° view and a sliding side door on the passenger side.
• The driver will be able to exit the truck on either side while easy of entry will be improved with a step lower than a standard delivery truck.
• Optimal ergonomics and better access to the cargo space to improve loading/unloading operations in an urban environment.
• Connected tools enabling drivers to optimize their delivery operations and their routes.

“We have noticed the image of the truck is changing; at last it is being perceived as an indispensable tool,” declared Renault Trucks president Bruno Blin. “The purpose of the Oxygen project, in which Renault Trucks is working alongside Geodis, is to design a truck that will seamlessly blend into the urban landscape, among other road users in areas with traffic and even in pedestrian zones. This new truck will be designed for the driver’s working comfort and safety, and for the safety of city dwellers,” he added.
 
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