25 Oct 22

Renault Trucks enters e-cargo bike market

Renault Trucks has added zero emission last mile delivery solutions to its vehicle range with a partnership to produce and distribute electric cargo bikes.

The commercial vehicle manufacturer, part of the Volvo Group, has joined forces with Lyon-based Kleuster to make the Freegônes e-cargo bikes at its Vénissieux industrial site and distribute them through its European network, starting in 2023.

Zero emission last mile

Bruno Blin, President of Renault Trucks, said the partnership reflects the manufacturer's desire to strengthen its positioning in urban logistics, where the expansion of low-emission zones (LEZ), booming demand for last mile delivery, and increased environmental awareness are driving the need for agile, decarbonised transport.

“E-cargo bikes can be a great option for customers in urban environments that need to access zero emissions zones,” he said.

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Fivefold increase in production

By moving to Vénissieux and taking advantage of a Renault Trucks production team, Kleuster will increase its production capacity fivefold in comparison to 2022. Nearly 200 Freegônes are already in service in France.

The e-cargo bike has a range of 80km and can access roads, cycle lanes, pedestrian zones, and low emission zones. Their small dimensions mean they can ride up to customers’ doors to make deliveries.

Five models of e-cargo bike

Kleuster makes the Freegône in five modules: dry box, refrigerated box, food service, flat bin, and refuse skip. The dry box has a 350kg payload and 2m3 of load volume, while the refrigerated box has temperature control ranging from -25°C to +4°C.

Gérard Têtu, founder and CEO of Kleuster, said: “Renault Trucks is the ideal partner to support Kleuster’s growth. The two companies are both committed to providing the best possible urban mobility solutions in very densely populated environments.”

Image: Renault Trucks

Authored by: Jonathan Manning