DHL Express are taking the next step in rolling out a fully containerised last mile delivery process, starting in the Netherlands. On August 11:th, there was an opening ceremony of a container handover point in Groningen, the Netherlands, with professional cyclist Bauke Mollema riding the Armadillo (called Cubicycle within DHL). This containerised process is now rolled out in more dutch cities:
The containerised delivery process enables the cost efficient and secure transfer of goods between terminals, motor vehicles and specialised last mile delivery vehicles. Parcels are sorted and handled only once in the delivery process, at the sorting terminal. This also makes it economically viable for the last mile delivery vehicle to refill during the work day, as the distance to return the empty container and pick up more goods can be minimised, and the transfer of the goods is fast and secure.
The Armadillo electric cargo bike is designed for use in the bike infrastructure, with maximised accessibility and minimised negative impact for other cyclists. This is achieved by a width of only 86 cm (less than family cargo trikes), a height that is low enough for other cyclist to keep most of their traffic overview and a suspension and agility that enables the Armadillo to keep up with other cyclists.
To simplify the shift from van based to e-cargobike based last mile delivery, Velove now introduces Velovers: trained and certified e-cargobike couriers.
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Almi Invest's GreenTech fund invests appr. € 0.4M in Gothenburg-based Velove Bike's energy efficient and city friendly solutions for city logistics. Idealist and a number of private investors also participate in the total investment of appr. € 1M. With proven hardware and the recent award "International Cargo Bike of the Year", Velove Bikes can, with the investment, now expand its operations.
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