Germany mulls e-bikes for local freight shipments

Article by Christian A., on August 14, 2014

The German government is seeking to encourage electric bikes to replace trucks for local freight shipments in the country. The Transport Ministry has already commissioned studies on the usage of bikes to ship goods typically transported by trucks, the government said in a reply to questions from the Green Party.

Having e-bikes do the shipments is thought to help prevent traffic jams while reducing pollution in German. BMW and Smart already offer e-bikes in the country while there are around 1.6 million electric bikes on German roads.

The Transport Ministry said that the government believes that there is a “large, still unused potential” for freight bicycles, also with electric support, in the logistics and service transport in municipalities.

The United Nations said in April that emissions from transportation have more than doubled since 1970 and may surge at the fastest pace of all major sources until 2070.

According to the documents, Germany is spending around EUR13 million on e-bike science and implementation projects through 2016. The country was regarded as a transport pioneer when it launched the first car-only highway in Europe in 1921 in Berlin – the autobahn. [source: bloomberg.com]

Topics: germany, bike

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