Could EAV e-cargo-bikes kill off the delivery van (for urban deliveries)?

UK based Electric Assisted Vehicles Limited (EAV Ltd) has launched its EAV 2Cubed Cargo. This is an ultra-light commercial vehicle that is based on EU eCargo regulations.

The e-cargo-bike has a separate chassis-cab unit and a two cubic metre goods box that is affixed to the rear, that the company claims is a viable alternative to electric vans in urban areas. According to the company this is because it has been “engineered down from a van, rather than up from a bicycle”.

Adam Barmby, founder and CEO of EAV, commented, “The advent of electric bike technology has meant we can now use a biomechanical electric hybrid vehicle, like the EAV 2Cubed, to replace most vans and even cars in urban environments without any loss in business operational efficiency or discomfort to the operator or driver.”

In combining the EAV’s chassis-cab with the two cubic metre fixed rear box, so EAV says it is capable of carrying 20% of the volume capacity of a Ford Transit, that it says makes for a viable alternative to traditional vans in last-mile delivery. It is estimated that 40% of delivery vans use just 25% of their volumetric capacity.

Payload weight of the new EAV machine is still considerably less than 25% of that of the smallest Transit at 150kg, though the company has said it is to release a new wheel and tyre package that significantly increases payload weight capacity soon.

“We can honestly see a time when the majority of urban commercial and even personal traffic is based on the EAV chassis-cab concept, and we already have a solution to almost every road transport use conceivable,” concluded Barmby.