'Cubicycles' are currently used in 80 European cities
Delivery services provider DHL is piloting a kinetic energy based cargo bicycle program for deliveries in densely populated urban areas of the UAE, the company announced on Tuesday.
The DHL ‘cubicycle’ is a customised four-wheel bike designed to carry containers weighing up to 125 kilogrammes.
The bike is fitted with electric pedal assistance for additional speed and support, and the bike’s removal containers can be equipped with GPS or Internet of Things transmitters to track shipments in real-time.
According to DHL, the bike seeks to reduce emissions by minimising the mileage and time spent on the road by delivery vehicles.
The logistics giant also hopes the vehicle will help reduce traffic congestion and increase the number of stops in comparison to the larger vans.
“DHL Express has already replaced up to 60 percent of inner-city vehicles with cubicycles in some European countries and we are proud to launch and carry forward the same initiative and program in the UAE,” said DHL UAE country manager Geoff Walsh.
“We are confident that this new and advanced method of delivery will not only help reduce emissions and improve carbon efficiency, but also increase productivity and efficiency as cubicycles provide a faster way of delivery, especially within the more congested inner roads in the city,” he added.
The cubicycle is part of a larger effort by DHL globally dubbed ‘GoGreen’ that aims to minimise the effect of business on the environment, with a focus on optimising carbon efficiency across all its operations. The programme was developed in the Netherlands and was introduced to the DHL network in 2015.
Cubicycles are currently in use in 80 European cities and 14 in other parts of the world, with cubicycle couriers averaging 50 kilometres per day.