Urban mobility specialist Tern has announced that it will be partnering with Dutch-X for distribution of goods to retail customers in New York.
Dutch-X, has recently acquired a fleet of Tern electric cargo bikes to help make greener and more efficient. The group has paired Tern’s electric cargo bikes with an existing fleet of Carla Cargo trailers, which carry up to 150 kg (330 lb).
Marcus Hoed, Dutch-X co-founder, said: “A lot of our customers are asking for logistics solutions that are cleaner, greener, and more sustainable. For example, about 40% of RFP requirements were related to sustainability. We 1 are really happy to see our customer’s priorities shifting in this direction.”
Safety concerns pushed Dutch-X to upgrade its fleet with Tern cargo bikes equipped with Bosch motors and batteries. Hoed added: “We worked with the New York City Fire Department and they advised us to choose systems that have undergone UL testing and certification.”
“A lot of bad batteries are coming into the U.S., and we’ve now shifted to using UL-certified batteries exclusively. Manufacturers keep pushing component prices down, and that often means sacrificing quality and safety,” he said.
Tern’s GSD and HSD electric cargo bikes are designed to adjust quickly without the need to use tools. Additionally, Bosch has previously supplied Tern with a version of the firmware that lowers the Tern bike’s maximum speed to 12 mph to meet New York regulations for commercial cargo bikes.
“It’s great to know that we have that level of support from Tern and Bosch. And we love that Bosch follows automotive standards when it comes to spare parts availability. When we need battery replacements three or even five years from now, they’ll be available,” said Hoed.