Two Norwegian delivery and logistics firms have placed orders for Electric Assisted Vehicles Ltd’s (EAV) new EAVan eCargo bikes.
Postal and parcel logistics provider Posten Norge, along with its sister company Bring.com, which specialises in logistics and parcels, have ordered the EAVan eCargo bikes for deployment in the autumn of 2019. The EAVan, an electric bicycle with a cargo area attached to the back, is designed to be fully modular; with a maximum speed of up to 25km/h and a maximum payload of 120kg when operating under current regulations governing electric bicycles.
EAV founder and Chief Executive Officer Adam Barmby said: “We wanted the EAVan to be as usable as possible by anyone. Getting people out of vans and onto eCargo bikes isn’t easy if they think it’s going to be an awful experience. Being exposed to the elements or being low [in comparison] to traffic isn’t going to appeal to anyone and we’re all very used to being comfortable in a car or van; so we started with the idea of the outer body of a light commercial van and we added the electric pedal-assist propulsion system.”
John Eckhoff, head of public relations at Posten Norge, said: “This kind of vehicle is a very good alternative for us to adapt to new regulations of traffic in urban areas. At the same time, we can also contribute to a better environment and reduced congestion. We will test the bikes in Nordic cities, to see how we can use them efficiently and serve our customers as good as possible. This is also important to improve the quality of the environment in inner city areas and for us to reach our goal to only use CO2-free vehicles before the end of 2025.”
Posten Norge and Bring.com will deploy their EAVan eCargo bikes on the streets of Copenhagen, Oslo and Stockholm later this year.