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  1. Fulpra unveils new 2024 models

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    The Dutch manufacturer of heavy-duty and large-volume cargo trikes has given an update on new models that will be launched soon, as well as discounts for current stock.

    Fulpra’s new 2024 models will be launched on June 24th, and will come with an updated design, suspension and weather kit. The remaining stock of Fulpra’s 2023 models and a number of lightly used and ex-sample cargo bikes are currently being sold at competitive prices.

    New Fulpra 2024 models and specifications:

    The following models also share the following features: a FULPRA E-XACT DRIVE™ (20% slope, 70km range), a front and rear suspension and “Key-less entry” sliding doors.

    Visit Fulpra’s website for full information about models.

  2. EIT study: Logisticians can save massively with mixed fleets of e-cargo bikes and e-vans

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    A recent study conducted by EIT InnoEnergy, an organization dedicated to sustainable energy innovation supported by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT), sheds light on the comparative advantages of utilizing e-vans and e-cargo bikes in terms of both costs and environmental impact.

    Source: Logistra

    The study emphasizes that employing a mixed fleet comprising both e-cargo bikes and e-vans proves to be more economically viable for logistics companies when compared to solely relying on e-van fleets. This shift towards mixed fleets is largely influenced by regulatory measures.

    Key Findings:

    1. Cost and CO2 Savings: The study reveals that deploying a mixed fleet consisting of 80% e-cargo bikes and 20% e-vans can lead to substantial annual cost savings, projected to reach 554 million euros by 2030, while concurrently reducing CO2 emissions in last-mile logistics by up to 80%. With the e-commerce sector witnessing annual volume increases of 8-14%, logistics companies are motivated to enhance profitability while mitigating environmental impact.
    2. Regulatory Influence: Regulatory initiatives, such as Stockholm’s impending ban on internal combustion engine vehicles within city centers, are compelling companies to transition towards decarbonizing their last-mile delivery services. In response to these regulatory pressures, the study provides insights into the feasibility and benefits of integrating e-cargo bikes into logistics operations.
    3. Cost Efficiency: Regardless of fleet composition and urban infrastructure, the study demonstrates that the use of e-cargo bikes reduces the overall cost per package compared to relying solely on e-vans. By 2030, the cost savings per package could increase significantly, offering substantial financial advantages to logistics companies.
    4. Benefits for Cities: Beyond monetary savings, the adoption of mixed fleets offers environmental benefits for cities, including a substantial reduction in CO2 emissions and the elimination of a significant number of delivery vehicles. Mixed fleets also alleviate pressure on local power grids and contribute to energy savings equivalent to the annual consumption of hundreds of households per city.

    Looking Ahead

    The study underscores the potential for collaboration between cities and logistics providers to maximize the benefits of mixed fleets. Public-private partnerships offer opportunities to optimize infrastructure planning, thereby realizing the advantages in terms of sustainability, land utilization, and cost efficiency. Ultimately, the study aims to provide decision-makers in Europe with valuable insights to manage escalating parcel volumes, uphold cost efficiency, and foster flexibility and sustainability in last-mile delivery operations.

  3. Antric donates to good cause via weniger e.V.

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    The cargo bike innovator has gifted an Antric One V4 to Weniger e.V. an association for people and organisations that want to embrace the idea of “less”

    Weniger describes itself as a learning and action space for impulses, suggestions and concrete implementations, where the strategies of sustainable development are also taken into account. More specifically, it is a legal entity that can be used by various projects, offering individuals and groups its brand and the infrastructure of a non-profit association. The aim is ensure that ideas are put into practice that contribute positively to the sustainability transformation of society. Various Weniger projects are designed to promote sustainable development, such as the “Paperless happy”, “CleanUp” and “Playground dwarves” projects.

    Antric‘s Cargobike offers a perfect solution with its cargobox and large load volume. “Specifically, we use the Antric for our work at and with primary schools in Witten, especially for our “MüTos – rubbish collection combined with romping around” programme. We also take part in the annual RuhrCleanUp on our cargo bike and transport the collectors’ heavy rubbish bags, because collecting rubbish is fun, lugging rubbish is less so. In general, the Antric offers us a mobility option for our numerous projects that fits in with our values,” says Patrick Schulz, employee of weniger e.V.. Antric began as a project in the Bochum University of Applied Sciences, and has been developing vehicles somewhere between e-bikes and electric cars since 2015.

    The feedback so far has also been extremely positive and has attracted a lot of attention on the streets of Bochum.

  4. New York City’s final cargo bike rules declared a victory for sustainable freight deliveries

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    Source: eBikes International

    On March 28, 2024, the New York City Department of Transportation (DOT) announced finalized regulations for cargo bikes marking a significant milestone in promoting sustainable delivery practices.

    According to Streetsblog NYC, these new regulations permit extended bike-trailer combinations and introduce the use of four-wheeled cargo bikes resembling vans, heralding a potential revolution in cargo transportation towards eco-friendly alternatives.

    In a statement, DOT acknowledged adjustments made to the initial draft rules following feedback gathered during the public comment period, indicating a receptive approach to industry input. The updated regulations now permit the use of pedal-assist electric-cargo bicycles measuring up to four feet wide, with four wheels, and extending up to 192 inches in length (inclusive of trailers). This is a considerable expansion from the previous limit of 120 inches, which would have restricted the operations of established delivery fleets from Whole Foods and Amazon.

    Ben Morris of Coaster Cycles praised DOT’s efforts, noting their successful balancing of public and private interests. This development signifies a step forward in accommodating the evolving needs of the transportation sector while advancing environmental sustainability objectives.

  5. Cargo bikes seen as an alternative solution to the car in Germany

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    A survey of German cargo bike users has revealed that they are viewed by some as a practical replacement for the car, with many noting the environment as the main reason for their choice.

    Source: Fietsberaad

    The Technical University of Berlin arranged for approximately 2,400 shared cargo bike users from Germany to participate in its questionnaire. Three-quarters of these respondents lived in a large city and about half did not own a car.

    Results showed that 7-18% of respondents had either gotten rid of, or not bought, a car since they began using a cargo bike, with 80% of them citing the environment as their biggest reason, followed by half stating financial reasons, and over 40% stating that they weren’t interested in driving.

    Study results also showed the cargo bike received better scores than the car on aspects such as environmental friendliness, raw material usage, greenhouse gas emissions, sense of freedom, flexibility, and price. Meanwhile, the car scored higher on functional aspects including road safety, speed, comfort, and weather dependence.

    The results of this study were published in January for the scientific journal Transportation Research Part F: Traffic Psychology and Behavior.

  6. International Cargo Bike Festival announces new 2024 venue and dates

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    The International Cargo Bike Festival (ICBF) will take place at Jaarbeurs Utrecht, Utrecht on 25-26th October 2024

    Source: Cargo Bike Festival

    The International Cargo Bike Festival (ICBF) has announced its 2024 venue and dates: it will take place in Utrecht, the 4th largest city in the Netherlands, 40 km south of Amsterdam, where the ICBF 2023 event was held.

    Utrecht has a population of 360,000 and is known for being an important hub for national & international transport networks. It’s a globally renowned bike-friendly city that has admirable cycling infrastructure, including its multi-storey bike parking facility, which is reportedly the largest in the world.

    ICBF says Utrecht is one of the most cargo bike-friendly places in the world and it can’t wait to show everyone on a global stage. The city has numerous cargo bike schemes, and many of its citizens use this mode of transport.

    New venue, new partnerships

    ICBF’s 2023 event was hosted at the same location as Fully Charged’s Home Energy and Electric Mobility show, but they will not be collaborating for this year’s event due to a date change for Fully Charged’s show, making ICBF a standalone event for 2024.

    The International Cargo Bike Festival has also announced that it will be working with Dutch Cycling Week for 2024, and exploring more of its possibilities in the years ahead. Dutch Cycling Week is a Utrecht-based cycling knowledge platform that aims to become the world’s largest platform for increasing bicycle awareness levels, policy making and usage.

    ICBF has confirmed there will be plenty of opportunities at the 2024 show for cargo bike and cycling-related companies to showcase their offerings through its expo, test-track, presenting on stage, or numerous online and offline sponsorship and promotional options that are on offer.

    Save the dates

    The ICBF team are compiling information to release to visitors and exhibitors as soon as they can, and in the meantime invites everyone to stay updated by signing up to its mailing list, and keeping an eye on ICBF Instagram, LinkedIn, Facebook, Threads and Twitter social media channels.

    Previous 2023 show presentations can be viewed on YouTube. ICBF also looks forward to unveiling a new website revamp and rolling out the 2nd issue of its own magazine, Carrier. Carrier Issue 01 can be accessed here.

  7. Oslo Metropolitan University is seeking PhD candidates for Cargo Bike Urbanism

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    Source: OsloMet

    Oslo Metropolitan University’s Department of Built Environment is recruiting for their PhD fellowship for Cargo Bike Urbanism.

    This exciting opportunity is a full-time, salaried position working with an international team committed to researching the power of cargo bikes in fostering sustainable mobility solutions. OsloMet University, Norway’s third-largest university, seeks a candidate for a PhD Fellowship in Cargo Bike Urbanism within the “Car-goNE-City” project. The initiative, funded by JPI Urban Europe’s Driving Urban Transitions program, aims to explore shared cargo bike mobility’s potential in transforming urban landscapes toward sustainable 15-minute cities. Affiliated with the TransFrUrban research group, the candidate will contribute to the Car-goNE-City project’s goals, including studying shared mobility in 15-minute cities, assessing cargo bikes’ role in reducing car use, and engaging residents in participatory design across European cities.

    The three-year fellowship involves collaborating with project partners, guided by a PhD supervisor at OsloMet, with the expected completion and defense of a doctoral thesis leading to a PhD degree. The position starts in Fall 2024., and offers the chance to shape the future of sustainable transportation.

    Click here to learn more about the position.

  8. Cargo Cycling introduces the new Chariot FS2 at the International CargoBike Festival (ICBF) / Fully Charged Live Europe

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    Reputable Dutch cargo bike brand, Cargo Cycling, unveiled its latest heavy-duty cargo trike, the Chariot FS2 on November 24th at the International Cargo Bike Festival in the Rai in Amsterdam. With this ground-breaking release, Cargo Cycling establishes a new industry standard for large-volume ecargo trikes.

    Driven by Data and Innovation

    Drawing on years of field experience and leveraging data collected from IoT devices and sensors, the Chariot FS2 is a product of data-driven innovation. This meticulous approach ensures that the Chariot FS2 exceeds the expectations for heavy B2B use.

    Engineered to effortlessly handle substantial volumes (up to 1700 L) and weights (up to 200 kg payload), the Chariot FS2 rides as smoothly as a standard two-wheel e-bike. How? The Chariot has a unique tilting mechanism that optimizes steering, corner stability, and user-friendliness. Specifically designed for low maintenance and maximum uptime, the Chariot FS2 excels in high-intensity city logistics.

    Unmatched Performance

    The Chariot FS2 offers a superior driving experience by combining the distinctive tilting system with two cargo power motors in the rear. Add front fork suspension and independent rear wheel suspension to its low and flexible centre of gravity, and the Chariot FS2 delivers unmatched smooth cornering without the risk of tipping over.

    Simplified Maintenance, attractive TCO

    The smart design of the Chariot FS2 including the application of the Mando chainless e-pedal generator reduces complexity and simplifies maintenance. The integration of in-house designed components and heavy-duty parts from the motorbike industry minimizes wear and tear. In the FS2, critical parts are easily accessible for repairs, ensuring quick and hassle-free servicing.

    The IoT module not only connects the Chariot FS2 to an online platform for fleet management and service and maintenance, it also provides data that helps enhance driver safety as well as reduce vehicle downtime. All contributing to an attractive total cost of ownership (TCO).

    Tailor-Made Modular Cargo Box Solutions

    The Chariot FS2’s rear frame features a modular design, accommodating various cargo box solutions of up to 1.7m² and supporting a payload of up to 200 kg specified to meet customers’ needs. Having the full production process in-house allows for customization options for frame colour and cargo box solutions to meet specific needs.

    Quotes by some by the industry leading partners that have supported the development of th Chariot FS2:

    The Chariot FS2, a new generation eCargo trike, impressed me with its dynamic performance and spacious cargo area. It incorporates essential safety features and, when paired with the Mando SPM Pedalrite system, eliminates chain-related components for reduced operational costs and maintenance expenses. With these remarkable features, I believe the Chariot FS2 will establish a new benchmark in the eCargo market.

    Jeff Chang, General Manager of Mando Corporation Europe GmbH

    As usual, Cargo Cycling has managed to inspire the industry with its disruptive ideas. The Chariot FS2 is one of the most innovative vehicles on the market. We, the AES AKku Energie Systeme GmbHh, are very proud to supply this fantastic vehicle with energy.

    Matthias, Behlke, Managing Partner ofAES AKku Energie Systeme GmbHh

    The new Chariot FS2 is the result of extensive real-world experience and data analysis. We take pride in supporting Cargo Cycling by gathering IoT usage data, feedback and maintenance insights. We firmly believe that the innovative Chariot FS2 offers an incredibly attractive overall cost of ownership.

    Edwin Viester, Managing Director of Get Bike Service NL

    About Cargo Cycling and Nijland Cycling

    Introducing Cargo Cycling, a renowned brand from Nijland Cycling, dedicated to helping businesses in shaping a brighter tomorrow. Cargo Cycling provides an impressive line-up of electric cargo bikes tailored to address the varied requirements of forward-thinking business clients seeking zero-emission city logistics solutions. By developing innovative answers to the demands of customers who are committed to improve the efficiency, flexibility, and cleanliness of their urban logistics, we are here to make a difference.

    Together. We Deliver!

    For more information: https://www.cargocycling.com

    Nijland Cycling has established itself as a prominent Dutch bicycle manufacturer. A family business with a rich history of over three decades marked by innovation and excellence. A dedicated workforce is primarily engaged in production, assembly, and product innovation. Nijland Cycling is respected for its wide range of ‘care cycles’ of exceptional quality to a diverse range of customers. In 2020, Nijland Cycling proudly introduced Cargo Cycling, a specialized brand catering to the B2B segment, offering a comprehensive line of cargo bikes.

    For more information: https://www.nijland.com

  9. CIXI and Flevobike Technology unveil a revolutionary active vehicle

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    When innovations meet to take active mobility to a new level

    CIXI and Flevobike Technology unveil a revolutionary active vehicle

    The Eurobike trade fair in Frankfurt is an essential meeting point for all those involved in cycling and green mobility. CIXI, creator of Active Mobility solutions, which aims to transform passive commuting hours into pleasant moments of physical activity, crossed paths with Flevobike Technology, a cargo bikes manufacturer, at the event last June. A chance meeting that gave rise to a revolutionary active mobility solution: Flevobike’s GoLo, equipped with CIXI’s patented PERS technology.

    A collaboration that paves the way for a promising innovation

    The GoLo, developed by Dutch company Flevobike Technology, is a four-wheeled cargo bike designed for goods transport and urban delivery. The vehicle combines comfort and ergonomics, as well as loading capacity and practicality, with a lowered platform boot. Thanks to a hybrid drive system, which replaces chains and gearing system with a generator at the crank and motors in the rear hubs, Flevobike Technology has sought to reduce wear and tear and maintenance of the vehicle, while guaranteeing an enhanced driving comfort.
    “Given our respective positions, products and solutions, we quickly found common interests with the founders of Flevobike Technology when we met last June. They were looking for a functional chainless system to improve their vehicle, we had an innovative PERS technology to offer and wished to enter the cargo bike and intermediate vehicle market” Hugo ROULAND, Product Engineer at CIXI

    And so began a bold project, with a single objective in mind: to develop a functional PERS Technology x GoLo prototype for presentation at the International Cargo Bike Festival ICBF to be held in Amsterdam on November, 24. “A GoLo quadricycle was available and we agreed that it would be made available to us, so that our technical team could integrate a PERS kit on the vehicle and carry out all the tests and adjustments”, Hugo ROULAND continues. A European collaboration with a positive impact was launched.

    CIXI team testing the GoLo prototype equipped with CIXI’s PERS technology

    CIXI’s PERS innovation meets Flevobike’s evolutionary GoLo

    ​The GoLo was developed with the idea of making this cargo bike even more sustainable, by facilitating the integration of third-party components that could improve its functionality over time. This is where CIXI’s patented PERS technology comes in. Since 2015, the company has indeed been developing an electronic crankset, with no chains or belts, which frees itself from the geometric constraints of mechanical transmission to adapt to any type of active electric vehicle. This innovative technology delivers outstanding performance with variable levels of effort, for real moments of pleasure, and travel with low environmental impact.

    “After dismantling the GoLo entirely to understand its structure, we were quickly able to install the 2 motor controllers commonly used on our bike kit and adjust the wiring from the motor controller to the PERS crankset installed at the front of the vehicle. The real innovation on this cargo bike is the battery used: a 48V AES allowing peaks of 120A over 3 seconds (compared with 60A on a traditional electric bike), which enables us to meet the power requirements of this vehicle designed for delivery” Charlie GALLOPIN, Engineer at CIXI

    By implementing its PERS technology on the GoLo, CIXI is helping to provide an enhanced, high-performance active electric vehicle.

    Product reveal expected at the International Cargo Bike Festival ICBF

    CIXI and Flevobike Technology will be presenting the GoLo equipped with the PERS system on 24 November 2023 at the International Cargo Bike Festival ICBF in Amsterdam. This will be an opportunity for visitors to discover the result of a fruitful collaboration, where know-how, expertise, creativity, and a taste for innovation have come together to make an even greater contribution to the development and growth of active mobility.
    For more information on this collaboration and on CIXI’s active mobility solutions, we invite you to talk to Pierre FRANCIS, Founder & CEO of CIXI.

    PRESS CONTACT:

    Nicolas KESSLER – PERS Program Lead

    nicolas.kessler@cixi.life

    (FR) ‪+33 7 62 05 83 78

    CIXI team testing the GoLo prototype equipped with CIXI’s PERS technology

    About CIXI

    Founded in 2015, CIXI is an innovative French company specializing in green active mobility solutions. In addition to its VIGOZ vehicle, CIXI is the custodian of the PERS electronic pedaling system, with no chains or belts, compatible with any type of vehicle to bring an active electric vehicle to life. Based in Annecy in the Haute-Savoie region, CIXI places respect for the environment as well as individual and collective fulfillment through physical activity and a healthier lifestyle at the heart of their mission.

    About Flevobike Technology – www.flevobike.nl​

    Founded in 1989, Flevobike Technology is a Dutch manufacturer of cycles, cargo bikes, parts, and accessories. The family-run company develops numerous prototypes, including the GoLo, a modular and adaptable cargo bike.

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