UPS pilot aims to sustainably deliver packages via e-assisted cycles in Cambridge

Emissions and congestion-reducing solution being tested around one of the world’s oldest universities
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What’s new: In a town known for one of the world’s oldest universities, UPS is testing a novel approach to solving last-mile deliveries with zero tailpipe emissions.

The global logistics leader is using sustainable vehicles and a reimagined delivery philosophy to reduce its carbon footprint. In Cambridge, this means using four-wheeled electric-assist cycles developed by Fernhay, operating from a micro-hub near the city centre, allowing the cycles to refill throughout the day.

Why it’s needed: These electric cycles provide a unique way to keep our service promise to customers while navigating zero-emission zones, reducing emissions and congestion. Tests in Cambridge will also help us make further improvements to this delivery model and achieve our global carbon neutral goals.

Why it works:

  • Nimble eQuads can access areas of Cambridge where larger delivery vehicles can’t go.
  • Quick-swap batteries allow for on-the-go charging and extended range.
  • Preloaded cargo cubes mean multiple payloads can be delivered throughout the day by a single eQuad – increasing the number packages that can be delivered each hour.

Going global: Our eQuads and other sustainable solutions can also be seen in action around London. More than 30 e-cycle projects of different sizes have now been implemented across Europe, including sites in Dublin, Paris, Copenhagen, Stockholm, Amsterdam and Rotterdam, as well as in cities across Germany like Heidelberg, Mannheim and Hamburg.

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