Solihull Council has released a video demonstrating its council-branded electric cargo (e-cargo) bike, which was used to provide logistical support at a recent a community litter-picking event in North Solihull.
The electric bike can support a payload of 900 litres (198 gallons) or 100kg (220lbs) of weight, and offers a more sustainable alternative vehicle to support litter-picking activities.
What’s more, the bike can be used free of charge by local businesses and communities as part of an ongoing trial managed by the local authority.
The council hopes to encourage more active travel through this scheme to reduce congestion and improve local air quality.
Andy Mackiewicz, councillor and cabinet portfolio holder of climate change, planning and housing at Solihull Council, said: “Our electric cargo bike trial scheme is designed to give sustainably conscious businesses and community organisations first hand experience of using the bike, before deciding whether it’s something they want to invest in long term.
“It’s brilliant to see the e-cargo bike being used in such a positive way by the community in Chelmsley Wood.
“Not only did it prove to be an ideal vehicle to assist the litter pickers, the event raised awareness of its potential to be a practical eco-friendly solution as opposed to using a traditional combustion engine van to carry the litter picking equipment.
“I strongly encourage interested businesses and groups to get in contact with the team and explore how the e-cargo bike can reduce unnecessary car and van journeys in your community.”
The green logistics scheme aligns with Solihull Council’s broader climate ambitions and its attempts to create a more sustainable borough.