Cargo Bikes are decarbonising the final mile

December 21, 2022

Decarbonising how we get our goods is a strategic priority according to the Department of Transport for a ‘Better Green Britain’. And, as part of this, Cargo Bikes are becoming increasingly popular inner-city sustainable solution for final mile collection and delivery. 

Over 16% of the UK’s 4.61 million light goods vehicles are used within the collection and delivery sector. And London alone accounts for 5% of this sector, accounting for 36,880 registered vehicles. So how many of these vans can be switched to cargo bikes and what impact will this have? 

According to Government figures (1), the average diesel van emits 241g CO2 per km. By comparison, electric vans have zero tailpipe emissions. Even with the emissions associated with electricity generation factored in, electric vans only produce 55g CO2 per km, a four-fold reduction in emissions. This will continue to improve over time as decarbonisation of the UK’s fleets progress. 

Researchers at the University of Westminster used GPS data to compare routes taken by cargo bikes in London with routes that vans would have to take to deliver the same parcels. Results show that services provided by cargo bikes in London are 1.61 times faster than that performed by van, which in a year saves over 14,500kg of CO2 and over 20kg of NOx (nitrogen oxides).

Cargo bike journeys are emission free and proven to be operationally faster in terms of travel and the number of parcels delivered per hour. They can bypass traffic jams, take shortcuts through streets closed to through traffic and can work on multi-wave operations to get to a 1:1 van exchange. The volume capacity can also be impressive. An EAV 2cubed model has a capacity of 150 kilos, a 2,000 litre load space and can be recharged in 6 to 8 hours to offer a range of 40 miles. 

As a result of this growth, at Infinium Logistics our hyperlocal hubs have recently seen many new cargo bike operators taking up space to park, charge and manage parcel operations. In London we have recently onboarded Ryde, VOK Bikes and Laundry Heap, to our hubs in Canary Wharf and Wapping Lane.

Max Miah, Senior Fleet Specialist at Laundyheap said: “Since April 2021 alone, when we acquired our first set of EAVs, we have reduced carbon emissions by 2.39 CO2 Tonnes. By the end of 2022 we will have saved over 41 CO2 Tonnes. Thanks to the service that Infinium provides, we have managed to set up operations in Canary Wharf to help grow our client offering. Its important for us and our drivers to operate from a safe and secure environment that also provides driver welfare and network communications to run the operation efficiently”

Ryde Co-Founder, Duncan Mitchell, said, “Ryde has been increasingly developing its fleet of cargo bikes. We believe that 51 per cent of all motorised trips to deliver goods could be moved onto cargo bikes. This would have a monumental impact on the future of hyper-local delivery, and it is something that we at Ryde are strongly behind as we build out both our own cargo bike fleet and ongoing partnerships with leading companies, such as Infinium Logistics.”

Chris Cayford, London Operations Manager of VOK Bikes said: “Infinium Logistics has provided us with a perfect location to demonstrate our bikes to prospective customers. Our aim is to green fleets and boost delivery efficiencies in London and the hub at Canary Wharf gives us the perfect platform to do that.”

Amarjit Pall, Channel Director at Infinium Logistics, said, “As a service partner, we provide the hub location on flexible terms which include the right planning regulations, secure structure for a dedicated area, network connectivity and operational guidance. In addition, we offer the ‘all-in-one hub’ where we also support our clients with the purchase of cargo bikes through asset finance.”

If you are looking for secure space on flexible terms to grow your low emission last mile delivery solution, get in touch with Infinium Logistics by completing the form on our contact page or emailing amarjit.pall@infiniumlogistics.com

(1)    BEIS, 2021, ‘Greenhouse gas reporting: conversion factors 2021’

 

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