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Hermes tests eCargo prototypes in Leipzig – eCommerce Magazin

The eCargo cargo vehicle developed specifically for the CEP industry by the automotive supplier Mubea was used for deliveries in the Leipzig districts of Mockau and Eutritzsch and transported an average of almost 70 shipments per day. The inner city of Leipzig was once again used as a cargo bike test area. Hermes is thus expanding its collaboration with cargo bike manufacturers. In addition, the company supports the development of alternative vehicle models for emission-free and low-noise city logistics with practical use.

City logistics: cargo bikes are a robust solution

“Our conclusion is very positive,” explains Thomas Breunig, who carried out the test as the Last Mile manager Hermes Germany in the Leipzig region. “You can tell immediately that the pedelec comes from a manufacturer with automotive know-how and that a lot of work has been put into it. The body is very good and thanks to the suspension it is possible to drive smoothly and quickly even on bumpy roads. The responsible engineer from the manufacturer was on site during the entire test period. He was also available as a contact person for suggestions for improvement and tips. Here you look very meticulously how the prototype can be further optimized for the CEP industry. ”

“With our cargo pedelec, we want to offer Hermes a robust technical solution with automotive DNA to make the logistics on the last mile emission-free. The modular vehicle structure allows flexible configuration and is at the same time the basis for continuous further development ”, says Dr. Stefan Cuber, Managing Director at Mubea and Head of the Micromobility Business Unit. With the findings from the practical test, the automotive supplier Mubea would like to validate and further develop the eCargo.

Downtown Leipzig offers ideal test conditions

The starting point for the tours with Mubea’s eCargo was a Hermes delivery base in the center of Leipzig. The pedelec has a range of up to 100 kilometers. In addition, with a payload of 335 kilograms and a loading capacity of up to two cubic meters, it is designed for use in the CEP area. Hermes delivered around 70 shipments per day on average with the eCargo during the test period.

“Leipzig is currently the fastest growing city in Germany. The traffic situation is correspondingly tense, which brings with it challenges such as the shortage of parking spaces, high vehicle volumes and time restrictions, ”says Thomas Breunig. “That is why we are in constant contact with manufacturers of alternative vehicle models that offer some advantages over classic vans in densely populated areas and still hold large quantities of shipments.”

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Around 70 shipments were delivered daily in Leipzig with the eCargo. (Photo: Hermes)

Sustainability efforts in city logistics

The cargo bike test fits into the holistic Hermes’ sustainability strategy in the Leipzig region, the heart of which is the logistics center at the Kabelsketal location, which opened in 2019. Thanks to the interaction between e-sprinters and cargo bikes, every fifth Hermes delivery tour in Leipzig is emission-free. As a parcel service provider, Hermes regularly contributes its requirements and core competencies from CEP practice in exchange with manufacturers of alternative vehicle types. These can be an important component in the mobility mix with e-vans, especially in inner-city areas, in order to make the last mile more sustainable in the medium and long term. (sg)

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