Renault Trucks is to enter the e-cargo bike market having joined forces with Lyon-based Kleuster, a cargo bike manufacturer.
The Freegônes e-cargo bikes will be assembled on the Renault Trucks’ Vénissieux industrial site and distributed through the manufacturer’s European network from 2023.
Freegônes’ assembly and logistics have moved to a 2,100 m2 building in Renault Trucks’ site, and Renault Trucks has already put in place a production team of around a dozen people to meet increasing demand. Production capacity will increase fivefold in comparison to 2022.
Kleuster launched its Freegônes professional e-cargo bike eight years ago and is gaining traction thanks to low-emission zones, demand for last mile delivery, and increased environmental awareness.
“E-cargo bikes can be a great option for customers in urban environments that need to access zero emissions zones. Through this partnership with Kleuster, Renault Trucks is differentiating itself and taking the lead in offering even better solutions to our current and future clients,” said Bruno Blin, president of Renault Trucks.
The Kleuster Freegônes has an 80 km range and is built on a single body chassis. It is available as a dry box, refrigerated box, food service, flat bin, and refuse skip model with a 350kg payload and 2 cubic metres of volume.
“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. Joining forces with Renault Trucks benefits both our companies and contributes to environmental targets while also meeting the needs of our current and prospective customers,” said Gérard Têtu, founder and CEO of Kleuster.