DPD will deliver parcels by e-cargo bike this summer
Parcel delivery group DPD has partners with Electric Assisted Vehicles (EAV) to develop a lightweight four-wheel e-cargo bike. With these bikes, DPD will start delivering parcels to consumers in July later this year.
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The news was revealed at the eBike Summit in Ofxord last week. Three bikes are currently being tested and the first production models will become available in June. DPD will do tests with these bikes at its all-electric parcel depot in London.
Neutralizing DPD’s carbon footprint in the UK
Through the use of these e-cargo bikes, DPD wants to neutralize its carbon footprint in the United Kingdom. The parcel delivery company says the project is a continuation of its push for sustainable operations and follows the introduction of its all-electric parcel deport in London in October last year.
Full weather protection is in development
The four-wheel bikes are 1 meter wide and 2 meters long and weighs just 75 kilograms. A 250 watt motor should bring the courier to its destination. “The chassis design is modular, so we can extend, widen, or shorten it for multiple applications. Full weather protection is also in development for year-round use in almost any climate or city location worldwide”, EAV’s founder and tech director Adam Barmby explains.
‘erfect for UK city centers’
Dwain McDonald, CEO of DPD, commented: “Our aim is to be the most responsible city center delivery company, which means neutralizing our carbon footprint and developing smarter, cleaner and more sustainable parcel delivery services. The bike is perfect for UK city centers and we are really looking forward to adding it to our rapidly expanding zero-emission fleet in July.”