Trials are to take place of a new electric-powered trailer that will enable cycle or foot couriers to deliver large quantities of parcels. Technology being deployed on the trailer is termed ‘net neutral’, so the weight of the trailer is not felt by the handler, allowing for more last-mile deliveries by foot or cycling. Use of such trailers would decrease use of vans in urban areas, reducing emissions and congestion. It could also lead to increased parcel drop rates and more flexibility in delivery routes.
FreightInTheCity reports about it:
A consortium led by development consultancy Fernhay, will partner with tech firm Skotkonung and the University of Huddersfield to develop the prototype, which will be tested in Cambridge by cycle logistics operator Outspoken Delivery.
Peter Harris, UPS director of sustainability EMEA, said: “UPS has always prided itself on its market-leading sustainability schemes, and the Low Impact City Logistics project is no different. The UK is one of UPS’s leading markets in terms of environmental initiatives, and is a natural fit for the trial of this exciting venture.”
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