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FedEx to start e-cargo bike deliveries in London

FedEx Express is to start last mile delivery services in London using an initial fleet of eight e-cargo bikes.

Couriers will be using the e-cargo trikes from Iceni Cycles as part of FedEx's strategy to continue making deliveries in London's Zero Emission Zones.

The company said that by replacing some vehicles with e-cargo solutions for door-to-door deliveries, it will be possible to help reduce traffic in London by using cycle lanes.

Trevor Hoyle, FedEx Express senior vice president ground operations Europe, said: “One bike alone can reduce around 6,700 KG of CO2 per year so now with more goods flowing into our cities than ever before, there’s never been a better time to introduce emission-free pickup and deliveries - all part of our Reduce, Replace, Revolutionize strategy.”

FedEx has over 180,000 owned and contracted vehicles across the world and through its Reduce, Replace, Revolutionize strategy, it will be optimising truck routes, upgrading its vehicle fleet and exploring alternative fuels and technologies.

Hoyle said earlier this year that bringing logistics closer to the heart of cities makes it easier for transportation companies to electrify fleets, as the infrastructure is superior and vehicles can cover the necessary distances.

He said: "A tightening of logistics infrastructure around the city allows for greater experimentation and use of different solutions to complete the last mile, including cargo bikes.

"This will be critical as online buying continues to surge."

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