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Published on December 13th, 2013 | by Christopher DeMorro


UPS Is Testing Pedaled Electric Trikes In Europe

December 13th, 2013 by  

Originally published on Gas2.


While Amazon thinks drones are the future of delivery services, for now, at least companies like FedEx and UPS still require people power to get packages to your door. In fact, people power is exactly what UPS is using to deliver packages locally in Europe, where electronically-assisted trikes have been delivering packages in the older sections of Dortmund, Germany.

Like many European cities, Dortmund has narrow streets that make maneuvering even small delivery vans difficult. The “UPS Cargo Cruiser” was a pilot project launched in 2012 with a pedal-assisted range of 21 miles, with a top speed of 15 mph. Small, quiet, and costing next to nothing to “fuel” and maintain, the UPS Cargo Cruiser is a clever solution to a common project.

I haven’t been able to find any recent updates on the project, though it’s definitely something that could come stateside sooner rather than later. With over 77 cubic feet of cargo space, that UPS Cargo Cruiser has more room than most mid-size sedans for storage. It’s a brilliant solution, one that could become increasingly important in clustered urban environments in a world where energy prices are only rising. Also, trike drifting totally needs to be a bigger thing.

Will a UPS man be riding an e-trike up your street someday soon?

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  • maggie

    this is a very cool idea…hope it catches on and becomes the way things are done because it just makes sense.

  • SirSparks

    That Dortmund UPS experiment appears to have ended in September 2012 however there appears to be another open air UPS trike delivering in Cologne Germany.

    See picture (#3) here. Sorry I can’t paste it.

    • Bob_Wallace

      Copy the picture to your own computer and then use the small upload image icon in the lower left of the reply box.

      • SirSparks

        Feel free to do it Bob because it won’t work for this here illiterate.
        I also can’t get the “subscribe to thread” button to work. OH Well!

        • Bob_Wallace

          Right click on image.

          “Save image as”

          Click on “mountains/moon” icon or whatever that’s supposed to be in the lower left. That little grey box.

          Select and open the image you saved.

          Subscribe to thread should be automatic when you post.

  • Hari

    Why not use similar vehicles for transporting people like the cycle rickshaws once prevalent in cities like Kolkata,Chennai,Delhi,Singapore….convenient, carbon free, fossil fuel free, easier parking and less traffic jams…. Good work UPS!

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