Another Unimog U 5023 for French energy company RTE.
Good things come to those who wait: a maxim also observed by Yannick Schneider, Head of the RTE task force from Mulhouse-Illzach. The Unimog fan had waited a whole three years to receive one of the highly coveted off-road special trucks for his team. The white and blue wonder is now in operation – and has proven to be worth its weight in gold.
Seventh new Unimog for RTE.
RTE operates the entire high-voltage grid in France. And has taken more than a passing interest in the Unimog: over the last two years the company has acquired seven Unimog models, distributed among its sites. And with good reason: the teams sent to maintain and repair the masts and cables often come up against rough terrain. Without superb off-road capability, these are impossible tasks.
Schneider’s team is at work – on the steel masts of a 63,000 V power line which is surrounded by reeds as high as the employees themselves. A dream environment for the Unimog. The area is regularly flooded by the river Ill, which makes access even more challenging. Aisles are needed just for teams to be able to reach the “big reed”. “Colleagues from other teams received all-wheel drive trucks and cannot take the chance in this type of terrain,” explains Schneider. There are clear disadvantages here, for example when providing tools and equipment that cannot be transported with a pick-up.