Tallinn-based electric cargo bike provider Vok Bikes has partnered with same-day logistics company Stuart Delivery across London.
Vok and Stuart, which conducts millions of deliveries every week across 30 UK cities, have agreed to offer couriers on the Stuart platform use of electric cargo bikes through a short-term rental model with no prior financial commitment needed.
The bike design provides couriers with built-in cargo compartments that allow them to conveniently deliver multiple orders at once, while they are also weather resistant.
The bikes are now available to couriers in Croydon and the surrounding areas of South London and will be rolled out across London by the end of 2022.
In 18 months, Vok has moved from the first prototype to operating fleets in its home city of Tallinn, as well as Vilnius, while Stuart is the latest name to be added to the firm’s list of clients which includes Wolt, recently acquired by DoorDash.
Indrek Petjärv, CEO and co-founder of Vok Bikes, commented: “Vok Bikes enables delivery platforms to increase efficiency in the booming and super-competitive delivery market, making hiring couriers easier, enabling better working conditions and leveraging a business model that has a great fit with courier lifestyle. We welcome Stuart as an invaluable partner in a mission to make sustainable and efficient last-mile delivery widely available across Europe.“
“Accelerating the transition to low emission vehicles is crucial to reducing our emissions, however couriers on our platform own their own vehicles and are often constrained in their ability to switch to using electric vehicles,” added Julien Weyl, Head Of Sustainability at Stuart in the UK.
“Through partnerships with companies equally committed to sustainable mobility like Vok, we are able to combat this barrier and make it easier for couriers to do so. This will not only contribute to lowering Stuart company emissions but also enable couriers to reduce their own personal carbon footprints too.”