A British bike manufacturer has partnered up with delivery firm DPD, who have launched a new eCargo service. With a fleet of 150kg-payload zero-emission quadbike which has been developed to tackle issues of urban pollution
and congestion for other road users and delivery services.
The manufacturer, based in Oxford, Electric Assisted Vehicles Ltd (EAV) launched as a new company to develop eBikes in an effort to combat vehicle emissions across the country. They have some of the best engineers in the industry on-board to develop vehicles that fulfil this task. Described as a “culturally focused solution to sustainably disrupt the way products and services are moved.”
With efforts working towards “engineering down” when compared to Light Commercial Vehicles rather than “engineer up” the bicycle will focus on being an environment friendly alternative compared to the usual modes of transport for deliveries.
The vehicle is set to be compatible with most charging stations across the country, as well as having removable and replaceable battery packs to assure that the vehicles maintain their efficiency throughout their lifespan.
Managing director of EAV, Nigel Gordon-Stewart, spoke about the project: "We've created a vehicle with Project 1 that will lead on to an entire range of mobility solution vehicles. All highly functional, exceptionally environmentally aware, easy and great fun to use. Also, they have to be very cool to look at which is another crucial cultural point."
DPD CEO, Dwain McDonald said: "EAV is an incredibly innovative company and it has been fantastic to work alongside a British manufacturer to create such a highly customisable solution. Our aim is to be the most responsible city centre delivery company, which means neutralising our carbon footprint and developing smarter, cleaner and more sustainable parcel delivery services.
"Not only does the P1 look amazing, it is also incredibly smart, flexible and future-proofed. As a result, the P1 is perfect for UK city centres and we are really looking forward to adding it to our rapidly expanding zero emission fleet in July."
Founder and Technical Director at EAV, Adam Barmby commented: "We would like to re-educate the population on common sense vehicle design and intelligent methods of mobility that deliver a sense of purpose and place for urban populations. We're already thinking on how we can extend the technology for other uses. For example, the chassis design is modular, so we can extend, widen, or shorten the P1 for multiple applications. Full weather protection is also in development for year-round use in almost any climate or city location worldwide.
"Part of our business model is to make the P1 a rentable vehicle for the gig economy with an App operation for entrepreneurs so they can use it for their own businesses. We're also looking at the P1 concept's ability to carry passengers and we're keen to work with the Department for Transport and Transport for London in order to evolve the regulations for this zero emissions solution for future urban mobility."
Adding to his previous statement, Managing Director of EAV – Nigel Gordon-Stewart also stated:"It's an exciting time to be involved in e-technology and we're mindful of addressing the wider cultural changes that are needed as well as the emphasis on zero emissions. We have to try and make transport as close, in many ways, to how it is now but also significantly shift away from what we're all used to. Loading a generic van up with batteries isn't really the answer as it's just more weight to carry.
"We need to think more about how we travel, why we're travelling, when we travel and what we travel in - just for a short while until it becomes as second nature as what we have now. ULEZs and ZEZs will justifiably force the speed of the change on us but it doesn't mean that mobility should lose its appeal, easy functionality or fun, it's just going to be different, and rightly so.
"As a business, our focus now is on developing the Project 1 platform as well as attracting investment and we've applied to HMRC for SEIS/EIS Advanced Assurance which we're hoping will help in making e-Mobility and EAV an even more attractive investment opportunity."