FedEx Testing Electric Tricycles for Deliveries

The global courier has transformed the way packages are delivered around Paris by deploying large eco-friendly tricycles that go beyond the curb.

August 31, 2010, 12:00 PM PDT

By Tim Halbur


FedEx now has four tricycles making mail deliveries in Paris that run on a 250-watt electric motor supplemented with pedal power, and plans to have 12 by the end of the summer.

Jonna McKone writes at The City Fix: "FedEx anticipates that this initiative is keeping the company ahead of plans to develop more car-less areas of the city. Paris plans to develop over 400 miles of bike lanes by 2014 and already has a number of streets devoted to pedestrian-only traffic.

FedEx's sustainable fleet is relatively new, but drivers are already saying that they are able to make faster, more efficient deliveries. They avoid the traffic that clogs the streets of central Paris while moving at a decent speed. During a trial period, the bikes delivered on average 15 packages per hour."

Thanks to Garrett Bradford

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