Energy Saving Trust has announced that eleven organisations have been chosen to participate in the e-Cargo Bike Research Project, funded by Transport Scotland and administered by Energy Saving Trust.
The project, supported by the e-Bike Grant Fund, offers organisations in Scotland the opportunity to trial an e-Cargo bike for 12 months, free of charge. These trials will allow Transport Scotland and Energy Saving Trust to gather data and user experiences to inform the potential of e-Cargo bike use for addressing both business needs and the climate emergency.
Ellie Grebenik, Senior Programme Manager at Energy Saving Trust, said: “It is encouraging to see the breadth of applications supported by the eCargo Bike Research Project. The keen interest in the project and the oversubscriptions demonstrate how people are keen to move to more sustainable travel options. E-Cargo bikes are an attractive zero-emission transport solution that also help to reduce congestion on our roads.
“They offer many benefits, including significant fuel cost savings compared to a vehicle, increased activity levels for the rider, improved local air quality and no carbon emissions. Increasing e-Cargo bike usage will be a crucial part of Scotland’s transition to net zero.”
The successful applicants were
- RSPB Scotland
- Climate Action Strathaven
- Farr Out Deliveries
- GalloGlas Group Ltd
- Babcock International Group
- The Broomhouse Centre
- Towards Transition Stirling
- Act Now
- Cycling UK
- Streat Event
- Pass IT on
Edinburgh-based Farr Out Deliveries is a cargo bike courier delivery service, whose aim is to make cargo bike deliveries a key element of the city’s green future. Over 3,000 packages have been delivered on e-Cargo bikes in the three months since Farr Out Deliveries started up, illustrating how businesses and individuals can replace car and van delivery routes with an e-Bike.
The e-Cargo bike is well-suited to bulk delivery activities, as it has an increased load capacity, a weather-resistant place to secure the cargo, and allows a longer range of cycling.
Act Now was also successful in its application. The organisation runs several projects aimed at maintaining, enhancing and promoting the coastal and countryside environment in Argyll and the Isles.
Jamie Joyce, Project Officer at Act Now, said: “The Act Now project is delighted to have been accepted by Energy Saving Trust as part of the e-Cargo Bike Research Project. We look forward to working with Mid Argyll organisations who can make full use of the e-Cargo bike as a real sustainable alternative to traditional car and van use.”
Working in partnership with communities, public agencies and private organisations, they design and implement projects that encompass conservation, tourism, and health and wellbeing. The trial e-Cargo bike will be used by cafes, local manufacturing businesses, nurseries and allotments throughout Argyll and Bute, and will reduce the need for staff, volunteers and members of the public to use their cars.