In several Norwegian urban cities has DB Schenker as the first transport company made the distribution more efficient by launching electric cargo bikes on the streets. It already makes a great impression for people, when the packages are delivered.
As most people know, it is much easier to get around riding a bike in the city rather than driving a big truck. That is why we are already benefitting after only a few months with the new e-bicycle distribution. Because, as Lars Sveen, Distribution Manager in DB Schenker Norway, explains: “We are 40 % more productive on a bike compared to a truck in the big city. At the same time, we saving CO2 emissions and thereby greener solutions. In addition, besides the better accessibility, we have another big advantage: Always easy parking. “
The new e-bikes have two boxes that can carry up to 300 kg of payload with parcels. The bikes’ batteries have a capacity of eight hours, which means that it only needs to recharge once every day. Every day, the deliveryman is stopped by people, who wants a picture of the e-bike. One of the deliverymen is Ion Gushtu, who loves the attention and exercise in the job: “It is very popular driving environmental friendly and I think people are appreciating the new initiative.” Ion has been driving around Bergen since 5th of March 2018.
The plan is to integrate the concept in five major cities: Oslo, Trondheim, Drammen, Kristiansand and Stavanger. The initiatives is praised by City Council Member in Oslo Robert Steen and Øyvind Leistad from Enova, who also will support a suggested microhub in the city center.