What went right this week
Solar-powered cargo bikes arrived
Cargo bikes were already the quickest way to transport goods across a city, according to a study published last year. Little wonder they are being touted as the future of urban transport.
Now they have even more of a competitive advantage thanks to two German companies, which have developed lightweight solar panels for electric cargo bikes.
OPES Solutions and Urban Mobility reckon their 3mm-thick PV panels will extend the range of electric cargo bikes by up to 20 per cent.
“This extra distance can make a critical difference in operations as it increases the number of deliveries per day before the bike needs to be recharged,” said Tilman Rosch, Urban Mobility’s CEO.
Recent estimates suggest that up to 51 per cent of all freight journeys in cities could be replaced by zero-emissions cargo bikes.