Evri has launched a new trial with Zedify, using pedal-powered electric vehicles such as cargo bikes, in Bristol.
The trial will explore the impact on efficiency and carbon emissions. Early data already shows a 13% increase in efficiency, plus a 98% reduction in carbon in the final mile when delivered by bike compared to a traditional van delivery, according to Evri. This is aided by an increase in volume. The estimated carbon saving figure in the final mile would be 62kg co2e per week.
The new trial follows Evri’s partnership last year with vehicle manufacturing giant Ford, to pilot a sustainable courier service in central London.
Carl Lyon, COO at Evri, said: “We’re exploring innovative delivery partnerships like this to see how they can play a role in our goal to create a network of sustainable delivery options to complement our current courier model. We already have the lowest carbon emission of any dedicated parcel delivery company and one of our company targets for the year is to introduce alternative zero-emission transport methods in our final mile. We’re excited by what we’ve seen so far and look forward to the results of this and other trials.”
James Nellist, COO at Zedify, said: “As demonstrated by this trial, it’s not only the dramatic cuts in emissions which stand to be gained, but with a 13% increase in productivity, cargo bikes are proving they can keep last mile costs under control, too.”