UPS testing electric cargo bike

UPS testing electric cargo bike

UPS has announced that it is currently testing an “electrically supported” cargo bike for the delivery and pickup of packages in downtown Basel, Switzerland. In a statement issued yesterday (6 July), UPS said that it was “exploring the economic and ecological viability of this alternative mode of transportation for city-centre delivery over a period of four weeks”.

The company already uses battery-aided cargo bikes in Hamburg, Germany (photo).

The battery-supported tricycle has a capacity of 1.5 cubic metres and can carry loads weighing up to 150kg. UPS said that the bike’s compact design makes it “ideally suited for inner-city use”.

“By using cargo bikes in a targeted manner, UPS aims to reduce inner-city congestion, noise and emissions,” said Philip Healey, marketing manager, UPS Switzerland. “This form of urban delivery also offers a distinct advantage to UPS itself, as it reduces the time spent on searching for a suitable parking position, saving valuable time.”

A working group focusing on city logistics in Basel will study the results of the trial.

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