Electric Assisted Vehicles (EAV) has supplied an EAV2Cubed cargo bike to Ringway Infrastructure, for use as part of its highway maintenance fleet.
The London-based business conducted a six-month trial with the vehicle, supporting TfL’s highway maintenance service.
The new EAV2Cubed will be used to conduct surveys and fix defects. Ringway’s target is that the vehicle will be used on 30% of the defects reported each month.
The four-wheeled e-cargo bike has a capacity of more than 150Kg and can carry springer cones, a foldable footway barrier, foldable ladder, cleaning materials plus associated tools and equipment.
It joined the fleet in early March, dealing with anything from graffiti removals, resetting bollards, signage works, minor tree works, cycleway and footway defects. With a range of 60-miles on full charge the goal is to fulfil more tasks without needing to return to the depot to recharge batteries.
The EAV will support not just Ringway’s own emissions targets but help to achieve TfL targets of reducing congestion and cutting emissions at peak times by 10%.
Zero emission vehicles have been made available across all levels of the business, saving an estimated amount of 400Kg of CO2 per day with the vehicles currently in use and the trials of e-cargo bikes and introduction of EAV is part of this wider ambition.
Paul Herbert, framework director at Ringway, said: “The EAV is our newest addition which will be operating from our rapid distribution hubs located across multiple Central London locations helping to reduce peak time congestion. Putting the EAV into use is a major step forward in our aim to decarbonise what we do for all of our customers, end users, and our client TfL.”
Nigel Gordon-Stewart, executive chairman of EAV, added: “Using our vehicles within the Ringway fleet will see a significant reduction in carbon emissions and urban congestion without any impact on efficiency. We’ve already proven our capabilities in other business sectors so we’re keen so show what we can do supporting highways maintenance replacing the use of legacy vans.”