URB-E begins operations in LA

E-cargo-bike delivery company Urban Electric Co (‘URB-E’) has expanded into Los Angeles to help tackle supply chain issues with zero-emissions cargo solutions.

Pasadena based, UBS-backed URB-E uses e-cargo-bikes that can be hitched to trailers with up to 800lbs (360kg) of total payload. These machines can operate in cycle-only lanes and can park where vans cannot, even while moving larger payloads than many other e-cargo-bikes on the road today. It has well established operations in New York City and has recently moved into other major cities.

“Instead of using big trucks that clog up the streets, you roll out neighbourhood by neighbourhood with small, electric vehicles that are quieter and do not take up much space,” URB-E Chief Executive Charles Jolley said.

According to URB-E, for every 3,000 packages delivered through the company, its machines can save 79,000kg of CO2 every year. It aims to deliver 5,000 packages a month around neighbourhoods in Long Beach initially, focusing on e-commerce deliveries, before expanding into the greater LA area.

URB-E expects to deliver 5,000 packages per month, mostly e-commerce orders, to residential addresses in Long Beach before it expands to other Southern California cities.

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