UPS is launching these crazy looking pedal-assisted ‘cargo e-Bikes’ in Seattle, operating in famed Pike Place Market and downtown Seattle.
The vehicles are based on the Truck Trikes of Silver Eagle Manufacturing and have removable cargo containers.
They operate off a battery-powered electric motor and the containers hold up to 400 lbs. and have a 95 cubic foot capacity. The bikes can also be operated with human pedal power so the drivers can change terrain and maximize energy efficiency.
The main goal of the cargo e-Bikes is reducing congestion in the Pike Place/downtown area. Right now drivers of regular vans have to park somewhere and then manually deliver the packages.
Scott Phillippi, UPS’s senior director of maintenance and engineering, international operations said “It’s exciting to return to our roots – UPS started in Seattle in 1907 as a bicycle messenger company. We’re looking forward to being able to offer these customizable urban delivery solutions to other cities nationwide.”
UPS efforts include this all-electric van in London
The UPS eBike was first demonstrated in 2012 in Hamburg, Germany. UPS also operates inner-city delivery projects with delivery on foot and by bike in more than 30 major cities worldwide, including Leuven and Mechelen, Belgium; Paris and Toulouse, France; Frankfurt, Hamburg, Herne, Offenbach, Oldenburg and Munich, Germany; Dublin, Ireland; Rome and Verona, Italy; and London, U.K.
These are all part of something that UPS has deemed their “Rolling Laboratory” approach. Over 9,000 low-emission vehicles, including this London ‘bubble van’ electric model, have been put in use worldwide to determine what alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles work best in various routes and duty cycles. The laboratory fleet includes all-electric, hybrid electric, hydraulic hybrid, ethanol, compressed natural gas (CNG), liquefied natural gas (LNG) and propane.
Images: Cargo e-bike – reddit, Electric van – UPS