Volkswagen Launches Cargo E-Bike (story from Bike.EU)
“The cargo e-bike is VW’s solution for the mobility challenges of tomorrow,” said Thomas Sedran, Chairman of the company’s Board for Commercial Vehicles. Sedran outlined VW’s objectives during a presentation of the cargo e-bike at the IAA Commercial Vehicles Fair in Hannover yesterday. “We are thinking ahead about sustainable mobility for our customers and for better air quality in our cities.”
VW in-house project
The three-wheeled cargo e-bike in an in-house project of Volkswagen and developed in cooperation with the company’s strategic partner ABT. It comes with a small turning circle as well as an innovative tilt-compensating technology which always keeps the load platform horizontal.
Next to VW also Pon Bike Group’s subsidiary Gazelle entered the stage at the IAA show in Hannover for the presentation of their cargo e-bike, the D10. The parcel delivery transporter is a joint project of Gazelle, Aluca and ‘mobility as a service’ (MaaS) start-up DOCKR. As specialist in commercial vehicle applications, Aluca developed the luggage box.
Light electrical freight transporter
The Gazelle D10 is a cargo e-bike that accommodates up to two standard luggage boxes with Euro Pallet dimensions (1,200 x 800 x 1,100 millimetre), a volume of one cubic meter and a load capacity of 100 kgs. The so called ‘Light Electrical Freight Transporter’ (LEFT) comes with a 250W Bosch Performance CX motor in combination with a 1,000 Wh battery. Gazelle presented its cargo e-bike as their “solution for smart, fast, green and (cost-) efficient ‘last-mile’ transport for inner city areas aiming to make cities cleaner, safer, better accessible and more sustainable.”
Pilot in Amsterdam
The Gazelle D10 cargo e-bike will be manufactured at the Gazelle factory in Dieren, the Netherlands. This autumn, Gazelle will start a pilot in Amsterdam in collaboration with the Dutch postal service PostNL. The D10 is expected to make its market entry in 2019.
The next generation cargo e-bikes of both VW and Gazelle are on display at the IAA Commercial Vehicles show that takes place from 20 to 27 September 2018 in Hannover, Germany.