Amazon has opened its first “micromobility hub” in the UK, with the goal of replacing “thousands” of polluting delivery vehicles with e-cargo bikes — and, in some circumstances, walking. The project is meant to assist Amazon in meeting its climate targets of having 50% of its deliveries be carbon neutral by 2030.
Amazon claims that it would deliver 1 million parcels annually starting in the London district of Hackney utilising walking and e-cargo bikes in addition to deliveries performed with electric trucks. According to Amazon, delivery personnel on e-bikes and on foot will help replace “thousands” of journeys in conventional vans.
The carbon-neutral journeys will occur inside one-tenth of London’s ultra-low emission zone
The carbon-neutral journeys will take place inside a tenth of London’s ultra-low emission zone, where cars are charged a price based on the amount of emissions they produce. Electric bicycles and automobiles are exempt from the tax.
Amazon has stated that it intends to open additional hubs in the coming months. The business already runs 1,000 electric delivery vans in the UK, and it intends to launch a new van range produced by Rivian in the US later this year (depending on Rivian’s capacity to fulfil those orders).
E-cargo bikes have gained popularity among delivery companies looking to improve their environmental credentials
Delivery firms aiming to enhance their environmental credentials have been more interested in electric cargo bikes, particularly ones fashioned to resemble mini-trucks. FedEx makes use of e-bikes in London as well, and Domino’s has a partnership with Rad Power Bikes for pizza delivery in a few locations. In Seattle, UPS uses cargo bikes. The German delivery business DPD wants to make use of these e-bike-shaped mini-trucks. Food delivery personnel nearly entirely ride e-bikes in New York City.
Amazon hasn’t provided any information regarding what they are referring to as their “e-assisted vehicles,” despite the fact that they seem to be very different from the majority of existing conventional cargo bikes. If anything, they resemble the four-wheeled “eQuad” delivery vehicles used by UPS or the mini-trucks that were initially proposed by DPD and created by the startup Eav.
However, no delivery business has yet used cargo e-bikes on a large scale. Amazon’s micromobility initiatives in the UK may be the first if the corporation persists and truly delivers on its promise.