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UPS begins testing of eBike deliveries in Paris, France

LBR Staff Writer Published 07 May 2018

UPS has started testing deliveries with eBikes in central Paris, France, as part its efforts to reduce issues resulting from urban logistics.

The company is conducting the test in partnership with the City of Paris, the arrondissement administration and Urban Lab, the urban laboratory of Paris&Co.

Under six-month test, the two eBikes are delivering packages in the 2eme arrondissement from a trailer parked in a specially-marked spaced reserved for the duration of the test.

The trailer with packages for delivery will be transported every morning from UPS’s Paris hub in Charenton.

Later, they will be returned to the hub every evening with packages, which were picked up across the day.

UPS West Europe public affairs director Edouard Barreiro said: “Using an eBike in the center of Paris will make UPS deliveries more efficient, both in terms of operational cost as well as environmental impact.

“UPS sees itself as part of the solution to urban congestion and continues to work as a partner in reducing the environmental impact of package delivery in crowded city centers worldwide.”

Paris deputy mayor Christophe Najdovski said: “After evaluating new solutions tested under real conditions, which is essential for measuring benefits and scalability, we will consider the regulatory changes needed for wider deployment.”

The eBikes are installed with battery-powered electric motors, which enables to cover longer distances than traditional bicycles, carry significant loads and, as well as navigate hills and other terrain.

UPS said it will assess the reliability, design and integration in the city’s infrastructure and acceptance of the vehicle across the test period.

Results from the test will be shared with the City of Paris, which will analyze the environmental benefits of eBike deliveries.

At present, UPS is operating inner-city delivery projects with delivery on foot and by bike in the German cities of Frankfurt, Offenbach, Hamburg, Munich, Oldenburg and Hernea and some other cities in European countries.

Paris deputy mayor Christophe Najdovski said: “After evaluating new solutions tested under real conditions, which is essential for measuring benefits and scalability, we will consider the regulatory changes needed for wider deployment.”


Image: UPS has begun testing deliveries with eBikes in central Paris. Photo: courtesy of United Parcel Service of America, Inc.