UPS trials new e-cargo bikes in the UK

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American supply chain management firm UPS is piloting a fleet of electric-assist eQuad bikes in London, as part of its work to test new ways to serve its customers while reducing its carbon footprint and traffic congestion.

These four-wheeled electric-assist bikes, developed by last-mile solutions provider Fernhay, allow the operator to use cycle lanes and easily move through narrow streets and dual-use pedestrian zones.

Able to carry 210kg (426lbs) and travel up to 37 miles on a single charge from a standard plug, the eQuads are designed to navigate zero-emission zones and delivery in dense urban environments.

UPS added the eQuads are the latest leap forward in its use of innovative solutions and advanced technology to operate more sustainably.

“The bikes are a great way to beat traffic in urban areas and to deliver to addresses that are harder to reach by a traditional package car,’’ said George Dann, a UPS e-cycle operator in London.

“People stop me on the street to ask questions. They’re a real hit when I’m on the road.”

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