Delivery by e-bicycle catching on in NL
Electric cargo bicycles catching on
The electric-cargo bicycles and electric scooters that are being used on a trial basis in several municipalities are so far a success. They are cheap to use and good for the company image. These are the conclusions of consultancy Mobycon working on EU-funded pilot projects in the regions of Heerhugowaard and Groningen-Assen.
Another European Commission project, CycleLogistics concluded 51% of all deliveries in cities could done by bicycle, especially electric-cargo bicycles or e-scooters and the practice is increasing in the Netherlands. Subway is delivering buns in Heerhugowaard by e-scooters, DHL is using e-bicycles in a number of cities and BSO Struin in Nijmegen picks up children from school with an e-bicycle.
An initial evaluation of the pilots shows that companies involved generally have positive feelings about using e-cargo bicycles and e-scooters. Compared to a van, an e-vehicles makes for efficient travel in cities. The cost of using an e-cargo bicycle or e-scooter is much lower than the cost of using motorized vehicles because fuel and maintenance costs are low or non-existent and there is no need to pay road tax. Also no license is required, which makes delivery more economical. Using e-cargo bicycles and e-scooter also contributes to a positive image of the company among the general public, according to pilot participants.
Restrictions are also there. In cities like Arnhem and Nijmegen, hills have an adverse effect on the use of the e-cargo bicycles and e-scooter. The maintenance costs, while lower than for a motor vehicle, can be high and the range of travel is smaller. Smaller organisations often must chose between a motor vehicle and an e-cargo bicycle or e-scooter. Cost of purchasing this type of vehicle can be a barrier to sole proprietors, but some who invest in an e-vehicle use them as an additional means of transport beyond their business and in combination with a private vehicle.