Downtown Miami used for eco-friendly cargo bike pilot

DHL Express a Reef Technology

DHL Express and Reef Technology are partnering to trial the use of low-power, electric-assist e-cargo cycles for deliveries across the city to help reduce congestion.

The City of Miami has teamed up with DHL Express and Reef Technology to launch a pilot programme using low-power electric-assist e-cargo cycles for freight deliveries across Miami.

The three-wheeled cycles, equipped with an accompanying cargo container, can transport up to 400 pounds or 60 cubic feet in volume.

Environmentally friendly

The two companies are bringing four environmentally friendly e-cargo cycles to the city as part of the international express shipper’s GoGreen strategy to reduce its carbon footprint and help promote sustainable city living. Reef is the largest operator of parking, mobility, and logistics hubs in the US.

DHL’s short-term goal is to implement clean pick-up and delivery solutions for 70 per cent of its operations by 2025. Each e-cargo cycle deployed enables the company to take one conventional delivery van off the road, reducing road traffic, pollution, and noise.

“This partnership between the city of Miami, the Downtown Development Authority, Miami Parking Authority, Reef Technology and DHL is an example of how both public and private entities can work together to realise innovative and environmental solutions that benefit the citizens of Miami,” said Manolo Reyes, city commissioner.

According to Reef, its mission is to “build the ecosystem that connects the world to your block” by creating last-block mobility and logistical hubs that serve the needs of cities, residents, and businesses.

It will manage the hubs that will serve as the home base for the e-cargo cycles that DHL is using during this trial. Reef claims its technology-driven infrastructure provides congestion-reducing buffering zones and environmentally conscious parking, micro-fulfilment and delivery solutions to enable the “frictionless movement” of goods and services.

“We are thrilled to be leveraging the Reef ecosystem and deploy these new environmentally-friendly vehicles not only to support our emissions-reduction efforts, but also significantly reduce the challenges associated with urban business deliveries, improving safety, productivity and costs,” added Greg Hewitt, CEO, DHL Express US.

City hub concept

Starting in 2015 when DHL introduced its four-wheel Cubicycle in Europe, DHL implemented the “city hub” concept which supports cargo bikes within urban areas.

For the Miami e-Cargo cycle pilot, a DHL straight truck equipped with a customised trailer will carry up to nine cargo containers for the e-cargo cycles. The containers are delivered to the Reef hub, where they will be connected to the e-cargo cycles at Reef hub garages for last-mile inner-city deliveries in the morning.

The containers can then be reloaded for outbound shipments in the afternoon. The partners claim the four e-cargo cycles being deployed in Miami will result in an expected reduction of 101,000kg of CO2e annually.


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