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UPS tests electric cargo bike in Basel 06 July 2015

Exploring the economic and ecological viability over four week period

UPS is testing an electrically supported cargo bike for the delivery and pickup of packages in downtown Basel, Switzerland. UPS is exploring the economic and ecological viability of this alternative mode of transportation for city-centre delivery over a period of four weeks. The Company already uses battery-aided cargo bikes in Hamburg, Germany.

The battery-supported tricycle has a capacity of 1.5 cubic metres and can carry loads weighing up to 150 kilograms. Including the 250W battery, the cargo bike weighs 115 kilograms. Thanks to its compact design and width of just one metre, the bike is ideally suited for inner-city use.

By using cargo bikes in a targeted manner, UPS aims to reduce inner-city congestion, noise and emissions. This form of urban delivery also offers a distinct advantage to UPS itself, as it reduces the time spent on searching for suitable parking positions, saving valuable time.

A public-private working group focusing on city logistics in Basel will study the insights gained from the trial.