FedEx, EAV & Department for Transport unite on e-cargo bikes

FedEx has expanded its sustainability operations with a new fleet of e-cargo bikes from EAV, after receiving funding from the Department for Transport

FedEx Express Europe has introduced a new e-cargo bike model, to work alongside its vehicle pick-up and delivery fleet.

FedEx offers transportation, e-commerce and business services across the world, with an annual revenue of nearly US$88bn. FedEx’s 500,000 employees are trained to stay focused on safety, ethics and professional standards. 


Sustainable solutions at FedEx

FedEx aims to be carbon-neutral by 2040 and has implemented a variety of sustainability goals to reach this. Its phased approach to vehicle electrification is a crucial part of its roadmap to achieve this. As a result, we featured the company in our ‘Top 10: Companies Electrifying Commercial Vehicles’.

Read it here

As a part of its sustainability initiative, eight electrically assisted four-wheel delivery bikes will be used at FedEx Express stations across London, where it is envisioned they will replace six conventional diesel vans and avoid an estimated 22,000 kgs* of CO2 emissions per year.

The model e-cargo bikes are designed for:

  • Use in all weather conditions
  • Custom-designed wheels for cargo operations
  • A weight limit of 170kg over 45 miles, on a single battery charge
  • Batteries recharged via a standard 3-pin plug, so that the bikes don’t need a custom charging infrastructure solution at stations.

Electric Assisted Vehicles Ltd (EAV), an e-bike manufacturer, worked with FedEx Express to develop and test the new model e-cargo bikes, after the company was awarded £150,000 from the Department for Transport, under the Freight Innovation Fund programme. The fund was launched in 2023, to encourage sustainable solutions for freighters.

Expanding the e-cargo bike fleet

With these new e-cargo bikes, Rob Peto, Vice President Operations UK, FedEx Express, looks forward to further growing FedEx’s fleet of e-cargo bikes. 

“This will enable us to deliver to our customers in an efficient and more environmentally conscious way. Besides the ability to take faster routes through the city, the use of e-cargo bikes also removes vehicle tailpipe emissions from last-mile delivery, which makes them a favoured last-mile solution in congested or restricted urban areas.”

“With brilliant companies like FedEx we’re able to look beyond what our e-cargo bikes can do to reduce emissions on the road – and ensure that we’re advancing all aspects of last-mile efficiency through the delivery process,” says Adam Barmby, Founder and CEO, EAV. “FedEx shares our passion for making the rider experience the best it can be, and enabling smarter, faster operations as we do so”.

 

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