UPS is trialling a new urban delivery system in London and says that if successful, it could change the way packages are delivered in UK cities.
The Low Impact City Logistics project involves a bike and a power-assisted trailer. The firm says that the system allows riders to transport up to 200kg of packages.
The trailer’s electric drive system effectively offsets its own weight to lighten the load on the rider. Robin Haycock, the director of Fernhay, which led development, said: “All drivers, regardless of their fitness level, will be able to make deliveries using our new system.”
The trailer also boasts regenerative braking.
As well as being greener, UPS is hoping that the new approach will also be quicker.
The project is a partnership involving five organisations: UPS, Fernhay, Skotkonung, the University of Huddersfield, and Outspoken Delivery. The trial will be run in and around Camden this month and next.
In 2015, researchers at the University of Brussels calculated that 68 per cent of all logistics trips could be carried out by bikes instead of motor vehicles.
Professor Simon Iwnicki from the University of Huddersfield said: “The system used in this trailer allows the rider to carry higher loads over longer distances than would otherwise be possible. It is a project that has the potential to transform the way packages are delivered in urban areas.”
Peter Harris, Director of Sustainability, UPS Europe, commented: “Low Impact City Logistics is a collaborative project that could revolutionise the way we deliver packages in our cities.
“UPS has a long history of developing, deploying and promoting the use of more sustainable technology and delivery methods – and this collaboration will facilitate a one-of-a-kind urban delivery solution.”