Posten Norge to deploy EAVan eCargo bikes for urban deliveries
Norwegian postal and parcel logistics company Posten Norge and its sister logistics and parcels company Bring.com have signed up UK-based Electric Assisted Vehicles (EAV) to provide its EAVan eCargo bike for urban deliveries.
The EAVan eCargo bike has a capacity of 1m³ to 3m³ (35ft³ to 106ft³) and 120kg of weight operating under the current regulations for ebikes, and will be used by Posten Norge on the streets of Oslo, Stockholm and Copenhagen from this autumn.
The bikes have also been engineered ‘down’ from a van rather than ‘up’ from a bicycle to enable their use.
“We wanted the EAVan to be as usable as possible by anyone,” said Adam Barmby, chief executive officer and founder of EAV. “Getting people out of vans and onto eCargo bikes isn’t easy if they think it’s going to be an awful experience. Being exposed to the elements or being low to traffic isn’t going to appeal to anyone and we’re all very used to being comfortable in a car or van. So, we started with the idea of the outer-body of a light commercial van and we added the electric pedal-assist propulsion system.”
John Eckhoff, head of public relations at Posten Norge, commented: “This kind of vehicle is a very good alternative for us to adapt to new regulations of traffic in urban areas. At the same time, we can also contribute to a better environment and reduced congestion. We will test the bikes in Nordic cities, to see how we can use them efficiently and serve our customers as good as possible. This is also important to improve the quality of the environment in inner-city areas and for us to reach our goal to only use CO2-free vehicles before the end of 2025.”