What an age where E-bikes can be used by UPS for deliveries.
United Parcel Service—known more commonly as UPS—is going back to its roots, but with a modern twist. On Thursday, the company announced a new program in Seattle that features electric bicycles geared for delivering packages in large preloaded boxes.
The company was formed in Washington’s metropolis in 1907 and got its start by making deliveries on foot and by bicycle. With consumers ordering more products online in recent years, UPS is testing the same classic mode of transportation while aiming to increase speed of delivery and efficiency while reducing traffic and pollution.
“Seattle city officials wanted innovative solutions to help reduce carbon emissions and address traffic congestion, noise and air quality challenges. We worked closely with officials to design a cargo e-bike that helps the city and UPS address these issues,” a UPS spokesperson told Bicycling by email. “Seattle is a great example of public/private collaboration. We’re finding interest for projects like this in cities across the country and look forward to working with other cities to help them solve their logistics needs.”
While UPS already has bicycle delivery projects in over 30 cities, including Dublin, Rome, and London, the cargo e-bike delivery system is the first permanent system of its kind in the United States. Back in 2016, the UPS tested a similar program in Portland, but according to a UPS press release, this is the “first one designed to meet a variety of urban challenges.”
UPS employees who will make deliveries on the e-bikes are referred to as “industrial athletes.” Many of them are avid cyclists who enjoy riding after work hours, too. These “industrial athletes” will navigate the Class II vehicle, which has a top speed of 20 miles per hour and enough charge to work 10 to 12 hours a day. The e-bikes are also approved for both bike lanes and sidewalks to increase the speed of deliveries.
The new delivery vehicle will go on its inaugural ride on November 5.
Original Article by: Bicycling.com
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