Mercedes-Benz Explores Pairing eSprinter Vans With E-Cargo Bikes For Final-Mile Deliveries

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A pilot program makes use of a particular Mercedez-Benz eSprinter electrical van as a cellular micro-depot which brings ONOMOTION’s standardized container modules to switch factors on its route, the place the container is then off-loaded onto an ONO electrical cargo bike which then completes the last-mile deliveries. With this technique, the electrical van can both go to the subsequent e-cargo switch level with one other container, or each the van and the e-cargo bike could make deliveries in parallel, which may help lower site visitors congestion and enhance supply occasions.

Picture courtesy of Mercedes-Benz

Going all-electric within the supply sector is a key element for a low carbon future, however there are different points that may be addressed, corresponding to site visitors congestion and the time spent curbside whereas packages are being delivered. Switching to an electrical model of a supply car helps decarbonize logistics, but when the electrical car has the identical bodily footprint and route because the ICE car, it’ll have the identical influence on native site visitors (minus the tailpipe emissions). Utilizing a smaller car, corresponding to an electrical cargo bike, helps alleviate a few of that congestion and frees up some house curbside throughout deliveries.

The electrical van used within the pilot program relies on an eSprinter, however is definitely a “know-how demonstrator” dubbed the SUSTAINEER (for SUSTAINability pionEER), which is used to check “many modern ideas for future supply transport,” a few of which can find yourself in manufacturing automobiles. The SUSTAINEER van has an built-in hydraulic lifting arm with rollers to load and unload the containers, which have a quantity of greater than two cubic meters and a payload capability of 200 kg (440.9 lb), and the van can match two containers plus shelving for different packages.

Picture courtesy of Mercedes-Benz
Picture courtesy of Mercedes-Benz

When the van reaches a switch level, the container, which has wheels on the underside, will be shortly unloaded from the van after which rolled onto an ONO electrical cargo bike, after which the e-bike makes the last-mile deliveries for the packages within the container. With the containers loaded appropriately in order that the parcels are so as of supply alongside the route, the motive force of the e-cargo bike could make the last-mile deliveries effectively and shortly.

Along with the built-in container lifting system, Mercedes-Benz Vans says that the SUSTAINEER, through the use of a mixture of “near-body heating” (heating near the motive force’s physique as an alternative of your complete van) and zonal air con, requires as much as 50% much less vitality for local weather management. The van additionally incorporates a PM10 filter within the entrance, which reduces particulate matter from tires, brakes, asphalt, and so on., by 55%, which, whereas it doesn’t additional decarbonize deliveries, helps to guard the drivers, who’re uncovered to those pollution all day lengthy.

ONOMOTION’s ONO e-cargo bikes, that are pedal-assisted and have a high velocity of 25 km/h (15.5 mph), additionally embrace a throttle to get going from a full cease, however it tops out at 6 km/h (3.7 mph). The ONO cargo fashions have a 1,400 Wh swappable battery for a variety of about 30 km (18.6 miles), with the choice of getting a second onboard battery for a complete vary of as much as 60 km (37.2 miles). The ONO cargo bikes will be configured in numerous methods relying on their supposed finish use, and the corporate additionally makes a model referred to as the ONO Allround, which is akin to a mini pickup truck that may haul Euro pallets and different bigger cargo objects.

Photographs courtesy of Mercedes-Benz Vans.

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