The trusty van may be the most common form of last mile delivery in cities around the world, but its position at the top of the throne is now being challenged by an unlikely competitor: the humble electric cargo bike.
Cargo e-bikes are similar to most electric bikes in that they have an auxiliary motor and battery that help the rider go faster and farther. Unlike most electric bikes, however, cargo e-bikes have longer, more robust frames that are designed to carry significantly larger loads and sometimes even additional passengers.
A new study found that electric cargo bikes deliver 60% faster than delivery vans in urban areas.
While vans may be able to carry more packages, they are much less efficient at actual delivery.
The study found that in urban areas, electric cargo bikes could make an average of 10 deliveries an hour, while delivery vans only made 6 deliveries over the same period.
The decisive factor was the increased average speed of the e-bikes. They could use bike paths and avoid getting stuck in traffic. Bigger delivery vans don’t have the same luxury and end up spending a lot more time waiting in traffic.
The study also found that cargo electric bikes not only delivered faster, they also got the job done much cleaner.
Compared to diesel vans, the cargo e-bikes reduce emissions by 90%. Even compared to electric vans, cargo e-bikes had 30% fewer emissions.
Although electric delivery vans are slowly becoming more common, they still can’t keep up with cargo e-bikes in terms of efficiency or emissions.
They’re a huge improvement over fossil fuel vans, but they use more energy to make deliveries and still get stuck in traffic.
The speed and efficiency advantages of electric cargo bikes have been used by a number of industries.
E-bike maker Tern recently partnered with Dutch-X to combine the latter’s NYC delivery service with the former’s heavy-duty electric cargo bikes.
Third-party logistics companies such as UPS, FedEx and DHL have used cargo e-bikes to increase the speed and efficiency of parcel delivery in urban areas.
Hospitals have used cargo e-bikes as mini ambulances to get rescue workers and their life-saving first aid to emergency locations faster.
And cargo e-bikes are even used by entrepreneurs to operate food trucks and ice cream trucks on smaller, cheaper and more sustainable platforms.
I archive this in the ‘duh’ category.
Cargo e-bikes just make so much sense. I’ve always had a penchant for e-bikes that can carry more than one person, and cargo e-bikes combine that shared fun factor with extreme usefulness for carrying cargo / purchases / supplies / supplies / etc.
They have the ability to replace so many types of vehicles.
Do you think you need a minivan to move apartments? I did it with a cargo e-bike.
Do you think you need a truck to do some timber shipment to your local hardware store? I did it with a cargo e-bike.
Do you think you need an SUV to take all the kids to school? I did it with a cargo e-bike.
Do you need a van to pick up a new bike? Mikey did it on a cargo e-bike.
There are just so many benefits with an electric cargo bike. What do you dislike ?!
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