Hermes expands cargo bike fleet

Hermes electric vans

Hermes is collaborating with citkar to pilot two new electric cargo bikes in Dresden and Leipzig. The project will test the functionality and handling of the “Loadster” bikes, with citkar hoping to tailor the bikes for the CEP industry.

The citkar “Loadster” model is can be expanded to include modules from the automotive sector, such as cool boxes and additional trailers. They can be driven without a license and, especially in large cities, the cargo bikes can reach a speed difficult to achieve by car. In certain urban areas, delivery is more efficient with a cargo bike than with a van.

The two cargo bikes will be put to the test for four weeks each in the inner cities of Dresden and Leipzig. The findings will then be used to further develop the bikes.

“Due to the growing volume of deliveries, the transport of the last mile has to be completely rethought in order to develop future-proof, feasible and, above all, sustainable concepts,” says Jonas Kremer, founder and CEO of citkar.

The citkar “Loadster” is particularly suitable for parcel delivery due to its high payload of up to 200 kg. In the test operation, up to 90 shipments per day can be delivered per cargo bike in Dresden’s old town. The cargo bikes deliver the parcels and parcels from a central delivery base. The mix of shipments transported by the cargo bike ranges from textile shipments in bags to small parcels and larger electronic devices.

In the next few weeks of testing, the main focus will be on battery performance, robustness in road traffic and driving behaviour. Following the four-week pilot in Dresden, the bikes in Leipzig will also be used for daily deliveries for a month.

Source: Hermes


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