UPS has launched its first silent electric delivery trike along Las Olas Boulevard and the surrounding neighborhoods of Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The electric UPS delivery bikes are in support of the city’s Green Your Routine program and Vision Zero Fort Lauderdale initiative.
Fort Lauderdale Mayor John P. “Jack” Seiler said “Fort Lauderdale is proud to collaborate with UPS to launch the first eBike in Florida,”
The initiative is one of many city-level efforts aiming at reducing road fatalities to zero through the redesign of transportation systems.
But these are not the first UPS electric delivery bikes. The UPS eBike program started in Hamburg, Germany, in 2012 and has since expanded to other cities in Germany, Belgium, Italy, France, and Ireland. The first US eBike was deployed last year in Portland and later in Pittsburgh. UPS stated at the initial US rollout that they anticipated the eBike prototype could become a component of its delivery capabilities in some other cities across the country. The deployment of the eBike is part of UPS’s ongoing commitment to reduce carbon emissions as city populations and e-commerce grow, and traffic, noise and air quality challenges continue to rise.
The eBike itself is more like a moped; it combines an electric motor with human pedal power for maximum efficiency – but can run solely on either.
The manufacturer, Truck Trike of Portland, states that the custom UPS trike can travel at speeds up to 18 mph. It delivers a range of up to 20 miles on a full charge, weighs in at roughly 400 pounds, and has a payload capacity of 800 pounds.