DPD using EAV e-cargo-bike

DPD is working with UK based Electric Assisted Vehicles Ltd (EAV) to develop an e-cargo-bike called the P1.

Nigel Gordon-Stewart, Managing Director of EAV explained: “We’ve created a vehicle with Project 1 that will lead on to an entire range of mobility solution vehicles.  All highly functional, exceptionally environmentally aware, easy and great fun to use.  Also, they have to be very cool to look at which is another crucial cultural point.”

The P1 is a quadracycle pedalled and steered like a normal bike. A thumb switch throttle can accelerate it to 6mph, though it has a pedal assistance system like an electric bike. The EAV machine is narrow enough to sit on a cycle lane and has a payload of up to 150kg in its short wheelbase form.

EAV worked with design partners New Territory on its appearance. The P1 is compatible with all charging stations as well as its battery packs being replaceable – this is good for operational efficiency but where battery technology improves they can be easily extended.

Dwain McDonald, DPD’s CEO commented: “EAV is an incredibly innovative company and it has been fantastic to work alongside a British manufacturer to create such a highly customisable solution.  Our aim is to be the most responsible city centre delivery company, which means neutralising our carbon footprint and developing smarter, cleaner and more sustainable parcel delivery services.  Not only does the P1 look amazing, it is also incredibly smart, flexible and future-proofed.   As a result, the P1 is perfect for UK city centres and we are really looking forward to adding it to our rapidly expanding zero emission fleet in July.”

Adam Barmby, founder and technical director at EAV said: “We would like to re-educate the population on common sense vehicle design and intelligent methods of mobility that deliver a sense of purpose and place for urban populations.  We’re already thinking on how we can extend the technology for other uses. For example, the chassis design is modular, so we can extend, widen, or shorten the P1 for multiple applications.  Full weather protection is also in development for year-round use in almost any climate or city location worldwide.  Part of our business model is to make the P1 a rentable vehicle for the gig economy with an App operation for entrepreneurs so they can use it for their own businesses.  We’re also looking at the P1 concept’s ability to carry passengers and we’re keen to work with the Department for Transport and Transport for London in order to evolve the regulations for this zero emissions solution for future urban mobility”.

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