Clean and space-saving: Positive score for Bio‑Hybrid as a sustainable supply alternative
More and more people believe in delivery services. Food delivery services in particular are currently in high demand. Food is also increasingly being ordered online in corona times. Whether supermarkets or the restaurant-to-consumer delivery sector – delivery services that deliver food directly to one’s door are experiencing a boom. This is not a short-term trend. Even before the corona crisis, the market research portal, Statista, published that sales in the online food delivery segment in Germany are expected to grow at a rate of 45 percent by the year 2024.
Some of the deliveries are already being made using more environmentally friendly and flexible alternatives to internal combustion engine vehicles. And so, the delivery drivers on their bicycles are already a permanent fixture on the streets of our major cities. But, who hasn’t wondered at the sight of the big bags on their backs, whether there are better solutions?
Electrically assisted cargo bikes, such as the Bio‑Hybrid, are a sensible alternative for many companies in the delivery services sector. The advantages compared to a classic two-wheeler: more weather protection, more driving safety due to having four wheels, more transport capacity and above all, better ergonomic working conditions for the drivers.
Federal Transport Minister, Andreas Scheuer, has issued the target that 20 percent of urban delivery traffic should be on transport bikes. A study by the German Aerospace Center (DLR) from 2016 even says that in a best-case scenario, almost 23 percent of all German commercial traffic could be shifted to bicycles. This would have a massively positive impact on environmental pollution, as our infographics show.
Range is not a problem
The central question for many companies when (successively) changing over to cargo bikes seems to be the range. In this context, the commercial vehicle division of VW has published an interesting mobility analysis, in which more than 210,000 driving profiles of more than 1,500 customers were evaluated. The result: the majority of drivers cover between 70 and 100 kilometers a day with a van. Take the example of delivery staff in inner-city areas: On average, their drivers and vehicles are on the road for nine hours a day, six days a week, covering 70 kilometers a day with 50 to 100 stops. A distance that the Bio‑Hybrid, equipped with two batteries, can also cover.
Cargo bikes have enormous potential. In particular, more and more smaller companies are already switching to the sustainable, climate-friendly and space-saving company car alternative. Such as the Grünfee, a salad delivery service with several branches, one in the “Werksviertel” in Munich. Managing Director Anouschka Grimm, together with an employee, were able to test drive the pick-up version of the Bio‑Hybrid for a day. A video shows their experiences. Their conclusion in a nutshell: “Super practical.” The Bio‑Hybrid fits in well anywhere in the city, parking is easy, the open loading area is optimal for quick access to the insulated containers from three sides and the battery charging also works well. “The Bio‑Hybrid easily gets us through the day,” says Anouschka Grimm. Plus: a strong first impression. “When I arrive somewhere with the Bio‑Hybrid and deliver my healthy salads, they are naturally very popular. It’s a great eye-catcher, fits perfectly with our image.” And let’s not forget: Grünfee doesn’t need employees who have drivers’ licenses. You can just get into the Bio‑Hybrid and drive off.