Evri has announced plans to triple its number of parcel deliveries to more than 500,000 a year using electric-cargo bikes, as part of its wider sustainability strategy and commitment to reach net-zero in direct and indirect carbon emissions by 2035.
Evri delivered about 154,000 parcels to UK customers using e-cargo bikes in the 12 months to February 2023 – with its couriers cycling about 12,200 miles and saving 25.6 tonnes of CO2, based on average final-mile CO2 emissions.
Evri now expects to deliver more than 500,000 parcels with e-cargo bikes in its current financial year to February, reflecting how it has already extended the service to more cities amid growing demand.
Evri’s largest e-cargo bike city, Bristol, is expected to account for 345,000 of its parcel deliveries, which will be 100% reduction in tailpipe emissions for parcels under 15kg – saving an estimated 57.4 tons of CO2 per annum – in 2023-24. This would be the equivalent of removing 15 polluting vehicles from Bristol’s streets.
Evri, formally Hermes UK, began its inaugural trial of e-cargo bikes in East Yorkshire in the UK in April 2022 – and subsequently launched them in Edinburgh, Manchester and Bristol, where it has also started a trial in the city’s low emission zone.
The delivery specialist is also planning to introduce the e-cargo bikes into Leeds and Wimbledon in south London later this year, as part of its commitment to reduce its carbon footprint in the ‘last mile’ from its depots to customers’ doorsteps.
More widely, Evri is growing the biggest sustainable truck fleet in the industry, alongside its work towards using 100% renewable electricity, such as at its distribution centres.