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Going For The Cycle For Deliveries

UPS Germany is conducting a pilot test in Hamburg with the electrically assisted "Cargo Cruiser".

The Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg and UPS United Parcel Service have launched a two-year pilot project in green city logistics on 1 February 2015. In order to reduce traffic, and thus emissions caused by vans delivering parcels, UPS will set up four containers at central locations of the inner city for interim storage. From here, the delivery will be done on foot or by bicycle.

Green Addition To The Fleet

The Hamburg trial will help determine if the UPS Cargo Cruiser, an alternative fuel vehicle (AFV), is an ecologically and economically viable choice for deliveries to urban areas. Painted black and looking cool with its aerodynamic design, the Cargo Cruiser’s electric motor batteries are recharged via a standard 220-volt electric socket at night. Fully refreshed in the morning, this AFV can travel a distance around 35 km (21.75 miles) for deployment in Hamburg. The delivery cycle has a loading volume of 2.2 m3 and a possible additional load of 300 kg. The vehicle’s top speed is 25 km/h.

Successful Pilot Project

A pilot project with a storage container at Neuer Wall has been successfully initiated as early as 2012. Now, the city of Hamburg, the Business Improvement District (BID) Neuer Wall, and UPS joined forces to develop and expand sustainable solutions for parcel delivery traffic even further.

Frank Horch, Hamburg Minister of Economy, Transport, and Innovation, welcomed the openness of the partners for new approaches in green logistics: “The agreed extension of the pilot project provides an important basis for the establishment of a delivery traffic that adopts to changing conditions and requirements.” In addition to the positive effects on the traffic situation in the city centre, Horch also expects an increased quality of stay: “With fewer trips and holding operations taking place, total emissions will be reduced along with the need for space by delivery vehicles in central areas of the city.”

“The BID Neuer Wall held many meetings with logistics companies in order to improve the cramped conditions on the roa, and to achieve a better organisation of delivery traffic. UPS offered the best solutions to achieve these improvements”, states Claudius von Rüden,, BID Coordinator of the district of Hamburg-Mitte.

Reduced Delivery Traffic

“By setting up our first container as inner-city storage, we not only reduced delivery traffic at Neuer Wall, but also in the vicinity”, summarises Frank Sportolari, Chief Representative UPS Germany, first experiences. “To expand the concept is thus a logical consequence. Sustainability is a key component of our business philosophy, and we are delighted to contribute to the relief of urban transport. Sustainability is the overall environmental benefit and therefore a benefit to all, i.e. companies and dealers, customers and shareholders. We thus would like to thank the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg and the BID Neuer Wall for the excellent co-operation and partnership. “

Emission-Free Delivery In The City Centre

Set up in 2012, the container at Neuer Wall is topped up with parcels each day. From the storage, UPS drivers start their morning deliveries of parcels with hand trucks, cargo bikes, and e-bike. Items to be shipped will be placed in the container, which is picked up in the evening, transported back to the UPS office in Hamburg, and loaded with new deliveries. Now, three additional containers will be set up at Hopfenmarkt, Raboisen, and Welckerstraße.

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