SingPost piloting e-trikes

Singapore Post (SingPost) is to start trialling a prototype electric delivery trike later this month.

The field trial is being run by SingPost in conjunction with TUMCREATE. It is set to begin on the 28th March and end on the 7th April, and will take place on two mail delivery routes between the SingPost Ayer Rajah Regional Delivery Base and the National University of Singapore. Three SingPost delivery personnel are to provide ‘real world feedback’ for further development of the systems. In addition a manufacturing partner is being sought to take the prototype to market readiness.

At present, SingPost runs 674 petrol powered delivery scooters for its last mile postal delivery routes. Half of them are three-wheelers, that offer good ride stability and load capacity.

Commenting on the upcoming trial, Tan Tien Po, SingPost Senior Vice President for Domestic Mail, said: “Innovation and the application of new technologies is how we improve SingPost’s services and meet the evolving postal needs of Singapore. We are excited to take this step forward with TUMCREATE, towards realising an urban logistics solution that addresses the future needs of mail and eCommerce logistics, increasing demands for fast and flexible delivery, and the growing need for environmental sustainability.”

Ulf Schlichtmann, who is a Professor at Technical University of Munich (TUM) and TUMCREATE Program Director, added: “I am really excited about this innovative vehicle for Singapore which our dedicated TUMCREATE team has developed in cooperation with SingPost. It has been a very rewarding collaboration, and we feel that Singapore will benefit from our research expertise which is backed up by TUM’s strong track record in vehicular technology, especially electrically powered vehicles.”  
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