FedEx Express has introduced a fleet of 13 e-cargo bikes to work alongside its vehicle pick-up and delivery fleet in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Cambridge.
FedEx has already introduced e-cargo bikes to its permanent operations in London, where they have replaced diesel vehicles for serving emissions restricted zones.
Alun Cornish, FedEx operations managing director in Europe, said: “Electric cargo bikes will fulfil a sustainable last-mile delivery solution for customers in and around Edinburgh, Glasgow and Cambridge city centres.
“Earlier FedEx pilots in the cities made the case for transitioning to two wheels, proving an effective alternative to vans thanks to their ability to take shorter, faster routes.
“We see real potential for e-cargo bikes to complement and work alongside our motorised vehicle fleet as we strive to make zero-emissions deliveries our standard.”
FedEx aims to achieve carbon-neutral operations globally by 2040 with electrification of its pick-up and delivery vehicles being a major area of investment.
The roll out of e-cargo bikes is tipped to continue in UK cities beyond Edinburgh, Glasgow and Cambridge, alongside the transition to fully electric vehicles.
The sustainability benefits of delivering goods by e-cargo bike include not only reduced carbon emissions but also reduced congestion and noise. Bicycle couriers can also make use of existing road infrastructure, such as bicycle and bus lanes, and are able to find kerbside parking more easily than vans – particularly in hard to access areas, says FedEx.