Emissions-Free Cargo Vehicles From Germany Could be the Future of Urban Delivery

Berlin-based e-mobility solutions company ONO is now selling the pioneer edition of its new Pedal Assisted Transporter (PAT). While a van can carry four times as many boxes as a PAT, the delivery container that goes on PAT can be loaded by hand at an ONO delivery hub and be waiting on caster wheels to easily roll onto the back of the PAT when it’s ready. In Europe’s typically narrow city streets, the advantages of an electric-powered PAT with a cargo hold are many. It can park on sidewalks — eliminating the need to search for parking in dense urban areas — it can use bike lanes to ease traffic congestion, and it doesn’t require a driver’s license, insurance, or registration — all problems faced by regular delivery van drivers. Other features include an RFID chip-activated starter to prevent theft and an enclosed cabin for the driver to sit in, helping make the job that bit more comfortable for those making deliveries — especially during frigid winters. Of course, the biggest advantage is that the vehicle is emission-free, with a fast-charging time and limited battery expenditure. Cargo e-bikes are being tested and can be seen on the streets of Manhattan, where UPS, DHL, and Amazon are all adding their own versions of the PAT to their respective delivery fleets, signifying that diminutive vehicles could be the way forward for urban logistics.