Hermes Germany is testing electric scooters for parcel delivery in Göttingen. The parcel delivery service provider is using the fully electric Danish TRIPL three-wheeler for servicing customers in the inner city where there are entry restrictions for conventional commercial vehicles. This test run emphasises Hermes Germany’s commitment to achieving their climate and environmental goal of providing 100% emission-free deliveries in the business centres of all major German cities by 2025.
In collaboration with the Danish company EWII, Hermes Germany has been trialling a parcel delivery service with the so-called TRIPL scooter since the beginning of May. The emission-free electric scooter is being tested in the university town of Göttingen. “We are using the TRIPL for delivering small parcels and mailing bags in the Göttingen city centre. What makes this vehicle interesting to us is mainly its manoeuvrability and comparatively higher range, as well as the significantly greater ease of finding parking. Added to that, we can also use the TRIPL on roads and lanes that are closed to conventional transport vehicles. This speeds up and simplifies delivery, especially in the old town”, says Dennis Isern, last mile manager at Hermes Germany. The trial is initially scheduled to run until the end of August 2017.
Finding parking is easy
With a load volume of 750 litres, the TRIPL can transport 40 to 60 parcels, depending on the size of the packages. And with a range of up to 100 kilometres per battery charge, it can be operated for two full days from the city-based distribution centre in Göttingen without the need to recharge. Another advantage is that this electric scooter can be charged from standard sockets – no special charging station required.
“As a green university city, Göttingen is particularly well-suited for extensive testing of alternative delivery concepts, since there are already restrictions in place that only allow conventional vehicles access to the city centre during certain hours. Using alternative vehicle systems such as e-scooters and cargo bikes for deliveries could be an environmentally conscious and customer-friendly solution in the future”, says Dennis Isern.
Hermes is testing alternative delivery concepts throughout Germany, with a particular focus on city centre delivery traffic. As of 2018, 1,500 Mercedes-Benz electric delivery vehicles will be used for parcel deliveries as part of a strategic partnership with Mercedes-Benz Vans. The objective is for parcel delivery to be emission-free in the business centres of all major German cities by 2025. There are also other projects currently under way, such as one in Hamburg, where six delivery vehicles manufactured by the e-mobility specialist emovum have been deployed in the city centre. And in Stuttgart, Hermes has been testing an electrically operated six-tonne truck, in active operation since early 2016.