DPD trials ‘entirely new’ e-cargo-bike from Bicester company


Delivery company DPD has taken delivery of its first 10 EAV P1, four wheeled e-cargo-bikes.

Five of the e-cargo-bikes are to be tested in London, York and Newbury with the other five set to be used in Ireland, Spain, Germany, Portugal and France as an opportunity to showcase what the Bicester-based based engineering company EAV can produce.

EAV is a new generation vehicle production company developing vehicles in the rapidly-growing zero-emissions market. It’s starting with the “last mile” challenge of municipal delivery, reducing the impact it has on carbon footprint and pollution.

The purpose-built, quadracycle measures 2m long by 1m wide, weighs 75kg and can carry a 120kg payload.  The 250 watt motor helps the rider accelerate to a maximum 15 mph.  The P1 can cover a range of up to 60 miles in a day and over 100 parcel stops and then be recharged using a normal 13amp, 240v plug socket.

Dwain McDonald, DPD’s CEO, said: “The P1 is an absolutely amazing vehicle and we are immensely proud to be technical partners alongside EAV on this unique project.  This is an entirely new type of vehicle and is designed specifically to meet the current challenges for delivery firms in the urban environment.

“The early trials show that the P1 is performing really well and clearly has potential to be more efficient for us than traditional vans in certain locations.  It is highly manoeuvrable, can carry a good day’s worth of parcels and can often get closer to delivery addresses than the vans.

“We’re on a journey with EVs and as usual, we are ahead of the pack.  But it is uncharted territory, and the reality is that we are going to need to invest in new and different types of vehicles to solve new and different challenges.  We know that the environment and climate change matter more than ever to our clients and the feedback we get when we share our EV vision with them is really positive.”

Adam Barmby, founder and technical director at EAV, said: “It has been fantastic to work alongside DPD and to see our vision for the P1 realised. It is classed as an e-cargo bike, but really, we started from scratch and reimagined an entirely new type of vehicle to operate within the parameters of today’s urban delivery market. It is a modular design, so we can extend or shorten the chassis and change the cargo configuration to fit the brief. In addition to the design flexibility, there is also a whole new set of efficiencies that we are tapping into here. Realistically, the P1 can move as fast or faster than a traditional van through many cities because of the different routing it can take.”