Micromobility operator Spin has invested in two new e-cargo bike trials in Essex, part of its commitment to become carbon negative by 2025.
In Colchester, Spin is trialling an e-cargo bike delivery service to replace and recharge drained e-scooter batteries, while in Chelmsford, it is kicking off a trial of the EAV 2Charge.
A recent study in London showed that cargo bikes deliver about 60% faster than vans in urban areas and were able to deliver more parcels per hour.
Launched earlier this year, the Colchester E-Cargo Bike Delivery service supports a range of local independent businesses, with a zero-emission delivery service utilising e-cargo bikes.
During the three-month trial the Colchester E-Cargo Bike Delivery Project will replace approximately 20-30 low charged batteries a day across Colchester, while also running deliveries for other customers with four e-cargo bikes, with the aim of reducing the use of Spin vans on the road.
In Chelmsford, Spin will be deploy the new EAV 2Charge, an ultra-lightweight, emissions-free e-cargo bike.
The vehicle will carry spare batteries, tools, replacement parts and hold up to three e-scooters as the operations team pedals them around to meet changing demand across Chelmsford.
“Combating climate change is the defining challenge of our time and through our network of partners, including like-minded UK innovators and local businesses, we aim to transform how we operate the logistics side of our business,” said Steve Pyer, UK Country Manager at Spin.
“E-cargo bikes have the potential to deliver faster, cut congestion and improve road safety in urban areas when compared to vans. That’s why we have integrated e-cargo bikes into our daily operations when it comes to replacing batteries and moving around e-scooters to meet local demand as it fluctuates throughout the day,”