UPS tests electric cargo bike in Basel

UPS has announced that it is testing an electrically supported cargo bike for the delivery and pickup of packages in Basel, Switzerland. UPS is exploring the economic and ecological viability of this alternative mode of transportation for city-centre delivery over a period of four weeks.

The battery-supported tricycle has a capacity of 1.5 cu m and can carry loads weighing up to 150 kg. Including the 250W battery, the cargo bike weighs 115 kg.

“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 public-private working group focusing on city logistics in Basel will study the insights gained from the trial. The Basel pilot project is part of a global UPS strategy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. In 2013, UPS reduced absolute CO2 emissions by 1.5% compared to the previous year, even while the global transport volume increased by 3.9% during the same period.