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FedEx Express UK rolls out e-cargo bikes for delivery in London

FedEx Express UK rolls out e-cargo bikes for delivery in London
FedEx Express UK rolls out e-cargo bikes for delivery in London

FedEx Express UK has introduced a new e-cargo model into its fleet, which will work alongside its vehicle fleet for delivery. This e-cargo deployment comes as FedEx grows its e-cargo fleet in London. FedEx operates 34 e-cargo bikes in the UK. 

The company has worked with e-bike manufacturer Electric Assisted Vehicles Ltd (EAV) to develop and test this new model. It has been designed to handle all weather conditions and is equipped for cargo operations. 

Eight e-cargo bikes will operate from FedEx Express stations in London City and Hornsey. 

Advance last-mile delivery 

Adam Barmby, founder and CEO at EAV says: “With brilliant companies like FedEx, we’re able to look beyond what our e-cargo bikes can do to reduce emissions on the road – and ensure that we’re advancing all aspects of last-mile efficiency through the delivery process.”

Rob Peto, vice president operations UK, FedEx Express, says: “Besides the ability to take faster routes through the city, the use of e-cargo bikes also removes vehicle tailpipe emissions from last-mile delivery, which makes them a favored last-mile solution in congested or restricted urban areas.”

Testing Hydrogen technology 

Recently, FedEx Express Europe announced it is trialing a hydrogen-powered van for its pick-up and delivery operations in the Netherlands. This is the first time FedEx Express has tested this technology in Europe. 

Allied Market Research reports the global hydrogen fuel cell market is estimated to grow at an annual compounded growth rate of 43% in the next eight years. “The key factors that drive the growth of the global hydrogen fuel cell vehicle market are an increase in environmental concern, government initiatives for the development of hydrogen fuel cell infrastructure and rise in investments for research and development activities,” reads the report.

Why use e-bikes for deliveries? 

FedEx is not the only company to switch its delivery mode to e-bikes. Companies like Uber Eats UK have introduced e-mopeds into its fleet.  

Here’s why parcel carriers could be introducing e-bikes into their fleet: 

  • Lower cost: Companies save on fuel. E-bike purchases are also easier on the budget, while delivery vans can be expensive. 
  • Traffic congestion: E-bikes can weave through traffic and reach destinations faster, especially in peak traffic. Delivery vans cannot avoid congestion, especially with a heavy load of parcels. 
  • Reduce carbon footprint: A sustainable way of transporting goods means a company reduces its carbon footprint – a ‘greener’ environment benefits the community. 

In addition, e-bike company Whizz says there are health benefits to e-bikes for delivery drivers. “Delivery workers riding e-bikes get a meaningful workout with every trip they make. E-bikes are easier on the heart than the average bicycle, though, so there are no aneurysm worries while fulfilling an order. It’s all thanks to the assistance from that electric motor that e-bikes boast of. It offers riders reduced muscle strain while providing enough exercise to fuel a good night’s sleep, which is also important.”

About the author

Sharl is a qualified journalist. He has over 10 years’ experience in the media industry, including positions as an editor of a magazine and Business Editor of a daily newspaper. Sharl also has experience in logistics specifically operations, where he worked with global food aid organisations distributing food into Africa. Sharl enjoys writing business stories and human interest pieces.

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