Power of the pedal

Electrically-assisted cycles to deliver at Expo 2020 Dubai
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UPS operates the largest private fleet of alternative-powered vehicles in the world. Sustainability is not just a promise; it reflects ongoing investments to build a better planet.

As the Official Logistics Partner of Expo 2020, UPS is expanding its onsite fleet with electrically-assisted cycles (eCycles).  

In 1907, two teenagers with one bicycle between them started a business running errands, shuttling notes and telegrams and making home deliveries. Eventually, their small messenger business grew to become what is now UPS.

More than a century later, the company is getting back to its roots – bikes.

In April, the company’s newly updated Fernhay eQuad, a four-wheeled e-assist quadricycle, arrived at Dubai International Airport to be used for demonstration and training at Expo 2020. UPS will use several of these eQuads and its three-wheeled Rytle eBikes to serve the logistics needs of participating countries and visitors during the six-month event.

“UPS is bringing best practices to Expo 2020 and we’re excited to provide logistics deliveries onsite with eCycles during the event,” said Alan Williams, UPS vice president for Expo 2020 Dubai.

These new vehicles build on UPS’s growing fleet of sustainable delivery solutions that improve air quality, decrease congestion and reduce emissions. They’re also closely aligned with the country’s UAE Circular Economy Policy 2021-2031 and the UAE Green Agenda 2030.

“We look forward to continuing to identify more sustainable, productive and effective operations in logistics, during and after the expo,” Alan said. 

These eCycles are ideal for navigating dense, highly trafficked areas. Trained riders will operate between the five UPS customer counters, country pavilions and onsite warehouse to deliver packages, documents and goods for replenishment. Zero-emission vehicles like these are a key part of UPS’s commitment to helping create a carbon neutral future.

The eCycles developed in partnership with Fernhay and Rytle are specifically designed to improve efficiency, rider ergonomics, speed and agility onsite, while also reducing environmental impact.

“We’re optimizing our fleet with innovative solutions that enhance future use cases,” said Luke Wake, UPS vice president of fleet maintenance and engineering. “With continuous investments in alternative fuel technology, we really are moving our world forward by delivering what matters – a cleaner and safer network … and planet.”

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