DHL is starting trials of an EAV eCargo bike in Edinburgh, to deliver goods that do not require two-person services, but still require special handling.
The trial will entail around eight drops a day with around four items in the cargo space at any one time.
Edinburgh was selected by DHL for its size, hills, and narrow streets, providing the ideal environment to test the bikes.
The bikes are specifically designed for urban centres, are zero emission and have a load capacity of 2m3 and a range of around 40 miles on a single charge.
The move comes as DHL continues to improve its eco credentials and sustainability, last year launching the UK’s first operational, fully electric 16-tonne truck.
The company is also adopting a Go Green agenda and aims to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050.
“With ambitious sustainability targets to hit, we’re always looking for new ways to structure the mix of our fleet to reduce overall emissions,” DHL Supply chain vice president operations Natalie Frow said.
“The EAV eCargo bike has the potential to transform the way we make many home deliveries, not just in the urban environment but across the country, so we’re looking forward to seeing the results of the trial.”