Low- and zero-carbon vehicles for urban last-mile deliveries

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Low- and zero-carbon vehicles are a key part of sustainable urban logistics. But how to keep up with the new technologies and vehicle types as they emerge? No problem: ULaaDS is here to help!

ULaaDS has outlined pros and cons of three low- or zero-carbon vehicles for urban logistics, namely: cargo bikes, light electric vehicles (LEVs), and e-vans. A more comprehensive analysis is available on the ULaaDS website here.

Some highlights from this analysis include:

  • Cargo bikes are a promising option, but the specifics of what type of bike is most suitable varies greatly based on types of products that have to be carried. Trailers connected to conventional (not cargo) bikes are a similar solution that can be highly effective.
  • LEVs are small, which provides great flexibility for drivers, but can also require more trips. Hubs can do a lot to help improve their efficiency.
  • Most cities are designed to be able to accommodate vans, which makes e-vans a good option. However, they tend to be more expensive and require good charging infrastructure.

The ULaaDS assessment suggests that, when deciding to purchase low- or zero-carbon logistics vehicles, purchasers consider: do the vehicle attributes already fit my basic needs and requirements; and is the vehicle likely to still fit my needs given how the logistics environment may change moving forward?

Dive deeper by reading the full article at: https://ulaads.eu/low-and-zero-carbon-vehicles-for-urban-last-mile-deliveries/.

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