Electric delivery van with a new logistics concept is intended to reduce delivery traffic
Worldwide online trade exploded in the Corona period. The volume of goods and parcels from eCommerce has increased dramatically, and there is no end to this growth in sight. So that the big cities do not choke on the resulting delivery traffic, has Rinspeed come up with a packing station that is transported by an electric vehicle, the CitySnap.
The electrically powered CitySnap brings the transportable parcel stations to the customer and places them in the neighborhood where they are accessible for a certain period of time. The stations are then collected again later.
The CitySnap driver really only needs to drive – loading and unloading is already automated. In the future when complete autonomous driving is possible, the driver can also be omitted, says Rinspeed. Equipping the packing stations offers further automation potential.
The logistics solution devised by Frank Rinderknecht’s think tank is contactless and hygienic. With the modular delivery vehicle, delivery costs on the last mile could be reduced significantly and the number of delivery vehicles reduced by up to 50 percent, believes Rinspeed.
Another use of the CitySnap would be mobile corner shops. Limited opening times and long journeys to the store would be a thing of the past. The CitySnap is described by Rinspeed as the fourth generation of the modular concept. Apparently it is a further development of Rinspeed Metrosnap and Snap (see links below).
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Talks with potential pilot partners are already ongoing. The CitySnap will be presented to the global public in spring 2021. This will not be able to happen at the Geneva Motor Show, where Rinspeed usually showed its innovations, because the The Swiss fair has already been canceled due to lack of demand.