EAV are pleased to announce their company launch and release details of Project 1, their new last-mile delivery vehicle—an electric-assisted, cargo, peddle bike. International parcel delivery service, DPDgroup UK, have placed an initial order on the vehicle which was designed in partnership with creative lab, New Territory. The practical and easily operated bike was developed to revolutionize the process of urban delivery, reducing the impact it has on our carbon footprint and pollution. This launch is the first step in EAV and New Territory's shared vision to transform urban mobility for the better as they explore other uses for the technology in their product.
New Territory for EAV
Current last-mile delivery solutions are one particular strain as one of the most costly and highly polluting segments of the supply chain. EAV wants to move towards zero emissions to also tackle weight and the wear and tear that current vehicles can leave on our cities' infrastructure. At EAV we firmly believe that you could replace nearly all internal, combustion engine vehicles and even heavy electric vehicles in urban and rural environments with pedal-assist equivalents that still retain all the features, enjoyment and comforts of the vehicles we're culturally used to.
Project 1 is a quiet, four-wheeled vehicle is peddled and steered like a traditional bike, as well as having an electric motor which kicks in to assist the driver. It can reach speeds of approximately 20mph without leaving any level of pollution. It is narrow enough to fit down a cycle path and can hold six cargo containers one time within the stable cargo platform. The technology and engineering of the vehicle was developed by EAV with New Territory responsible for its appearance and functionality. This includes the 'friendly' aesthetic of its headlights and wing mirrors and the fact that it is compatible with all charging stations.
Project 1 has a payload of 150kg whilst the battery packs can be removed for charging and replacing, catering for battery technology improvements. The cargo bike is the first of a number of new products and services that will help to re-engineer the way objects and people are moved around.
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Yeah, sure...but it isn't a bike? Seems kind of like you give up the best of the bicycle form factor in order have a small car that you need to pedal. I'd think it would appeal more to health conscious, lazy golfers than it would to anyone doing deliveries.
Agreed. Check out Cubicycle from DHL to see an example of the bicycle form factor within this concept.