Drones carrying parcels found to use much less energy per parcel than diesel trucks

GHG emissions per km from a drone package delivery with a 0.5-kg payload and 2-km one-way delivery distance (4-km round trip), according to the sub-region’s non-baseload electricity grid carbon intensity. Credit: Patterns (2022). DOI: 10.1016/j.patter.2022.100569

A team of researchers at Carnegie Mellon University has found that drones carrying parcels use much less energy per parcel than diesel delivery trucks. In their paper published in the journal Patterns, the group described their tests of drones carrying packages and how they compared with trucks.

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