New e-cargo bikes of Austrian Postal Service (Source: ORF.at)

Austrian Postal Service tests e-cargo bikes

Packages are delivered by bike: the Austrian Postal Service is testing the delivery of parcels on e-cargo bikes. In the third district, two battery-powered vehicles will be on the road in the next three months. If the concept proves successful, it will be rolled out to other larger cities throughout Austria.

"Sustainable logistics is becoming ever more important," said Peter Umundum, Member of the Postal Service's Board of Management responsible for parcels and logistics, at a press conference on Tuesday. Not only the recipient is more sensitive, but also "large shippers" are increasingly paying attention to how "green" the offer is in their tenders. The Post is supplementing its fleet of 1,600 e-vehicles with the e-cargo bikes.

Transport volume: 300 parcels per day

 

The centre of the pilot test is the delivery base in Haidingergasse in Wien-Landstraße. Unlike usual, the bicycle parcel deliverers no longer drive to the Inzersdorf logistics centre - like their diesel vehicle colleagues - to pick up "their" parcels there and then deliver them, but the goods are already sorted and delivered in a metal box to the third district. The postman then only has to mount the box on his vehicle and can start his route.

The two new electric load wheels will replace two small diesel trucks

 

According to Umundum, two cargo bikes will replace two small diesel trucks and thus save CO2. In total, this corresponds to a daily volume of around 300 parcels in the pilot test. The project will be evaluated after three months - regarding employee and customer satisfaction. But also, the question of whether the changeover is profitable will be relevant. "The current hypothesis is: Yes," says the Post Management Board.

 

Towards the end of the year, a decision will then be made as to whether the delivery by cargo bikes will be extended. In this case, Umundum sees potential not only in Vienna, but also in all major Austrian cities.

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