The new tech-driven e-cargo manufacturer EAV has revealed its new four-wheeled machine that they hope will revolutionise 'last mile' deliveries in urban areas. They have also began working with DPD, who have already placed an order for a fleet of bikes.
EAV say that last mile delivery is one of the most polluting elements of the supply chain as delivery drivers battle heavy congestion, and cargo bikes provide an environmentally-friendly, space-saving and cheaper solution. The latter point is particularly relevant for companies such as DPD financially, being as London's Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) came into force this week. ULEZ means that drivers of all vehicles except those with the very lowest emissions levels are now charged £12.50 for every journey made into the specified areas.
The vehicle itself pedals like a normal bike with added electrical assistance, reaching speeds of up to 20mph. It's slim enough to fit on a cycle path and has space for a whopping 150kg of cargo in the rear compartment, which equals six cargo containers. EAV worked on the Project 1 with New Territory, who are led by former head of design for Virgin Atlantic Luke Miles.
EAV's managing director said: “There has to be a cultural change in the way we all think about transport and its effect on our environment. Current last-mile delivery solutions are one particular strain as one of the most costly and highly polluting segments of the supply chain.
"At EAV we firmly believe that you could replace nearly all internal, combustion engine vehicles and even heavy electric vehicles in urban and rural environments with pedal-assist equivalents that still retain all the features, enjoyment and comforts of the vehicles we’re culturally used to.”
Dwain McDonald, CEO at DPD UK, is positive about the role electric vehicles will play in the future of city centre deliveries: “EAV is an incredibly innovative company and it has been fantastic to work alongside a British manufacturer to create such a highly customisable solution. Our aim is to be the most responsible city centre delivery company, which means neutralising our carbon footprint and developing smarter, cleaner and more sustainable parcel delivery services.
"The P1 is perfect for UK city centres and we are really looking forward to adding it to our rapidly expanding zero emission fleet in July.”