DHL has announced that it is running a pilot using its “cubicycle” cargo bike to make inner city deliveries in the United Arab Emirates. The cubicycle is a customized four-wheel bike that can carry containers with a load of 125 kilograms.
The Cubicycle is fitted with electric pedal assistance for additional speed and support, and the bike’s removal containers can be equipped with GPS or Internet of Things transmitters to track shipments in real-time.
According to DHL, the bike seeks to reduce emissions by minimising the mileage and time spent on the road by delivery vehicles.
The logistics giant also hopes the vehicle will help reduce traffic congestion and increase the number of stops in comparison to the larger vans.
Geoff Walsh, Country Manager, DHL in the UAE, said: “DHL Express has already replaced up to 60% of inner-city vehicles with cubicycles in some European countries and we are proud to launch and carry forward the same initiative and program in the UAE.
“We are confident that this new and advanced method of delivery will not only help reduce emissions and improve carbon efficiency, but also increase productivity and efficiency as cubicycles provide a faster way of delivery, especially within the more congested inner roads in the city.” (Source: DHL).