French car manufacturer Renault will return to the age of sail to send finished vehicles across the Atlantic, inking a deal with a wind propulsion firm.
Renault has signed a three-year deal with French developer Neoline to construct two wind-powered ro-ro vessels to operate on a transatlantic route from 2020.
The 136-metre long Neoliner has a beam of 24.2 metres and a standard sailing speed of 11 knots. It has some 4,200sq metres of sail and features “an innovative blend of technical solutions borrowed from the maritime transport industry, as well as from competitive sailing”.
The ship design features a loading ramp at the rear to 1,700 linear metres of cargo space – equating to 478 vehicles.