- 27 January 2021
- Transport / Logistics Services
Sustainable delivery company Zedify has won a £100,000 grant from Bristol City Council to purchase a fleet of electric cargo bikes and trikes and to set up a zero emissions parcel hub serving the city’s centre.
Bristol City Council plans to have 95% of deliveries within the city made by electric and human powered vehicles within 10 years. The money comes from Go Ultra Low West, a £7 million project that aims at providing infrastructure for large scale conversion to electric and ultra-low emission vehicles in the West of England.
Councillor Kye Dudd, Cabinet Member with responsibility for Transport, said: “Removing polluting vehicles from our city centre is vital to help us tackle the issue of air quality in Bristol. “We want to continue to reduce the number of heavy goods vehicles entering the city and encourage onward journeys to be done by zero-emission vehicles. This will help us improve air quality and contribute to our goal of becoming carbon neutral by 2030.
“Freight consolidation is a way of removing freight vehicles from our roads. It helps reduce the negative impacts associated with heavy traffic which are often experienced most by people living in areas of deprivation. “We are looking forward to working with Zedify to help us reach our ambitious goals.”
The plan is for parcels to be dropped off by HGVs and diesel vans at a central location without entering the city centre. From there, zero emissions vehicles will complete the final mile, carrying up to 200kg of parcels or 100 packages. In addition Zedify is to offer same-day delivery of parcels between local businesses and customers in central Bristol.