Sep 25, 2012

@UPS electrically assisted cycle, alternative fuel vehicle (AFV) is an ecologically, viable choice for urban areas deliveries via @CainDeanna

@CainDeanna- Could there be something small with cargo space? And if I’m wishing, could it also be stylish and eco-friendly?

Well, hello Germany!cargo cruiser

Downtown Dortmund has new wheels in its neighborhood. UPS Germany is conducting a pilot test of its electrically assisted cycle, known as the Cargo Cruiser. The trial will help determine if this alternative fuel vehicle (AFV) is an ecologically and economically viable choice for deliveries to urban areas.

Dortmund’s narrow streets offer very few parking or stopping possibilities for larger motor vehicles. Not only does the Cargo Cruiser help with deliveries in this confined cityscape, it also reduces emissions, noise pollution and traffic congestion.

What else makes the Cargo Cruiser special besides being a new addition to UPS’s AFV fleet? It’s just kind of cool with its aerodynamic design.

At night, the Cargo Cruiser’s electric motor batteries are recharged via a standard 220-volt electric socket.  Fully refreshed in the morning, this AFV can travel a distance around 35 km (21.75 miles) for deployment in Dortmund. The delivery cycle has a loading volume of 2.2 m3 (77.75 cu ft) and a possible additional load of 300 kg (661.4 lbs). The vehicle’s top speed is 25 km/h (15.5 mph).

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