DHL Express has extended its city hub concept for inner-city deliveries to The Hague, Netherlands with a new pilot involving electric vehicles.
The City Hub concept was first launched in March 2017 in Utrecht and Frankfurt. A van brings the trailer into the city centre, where the containers can be quickly loaded on to Cubicycle (special cargo bicycles) for delivery over the last mile. The Cubicycles carry a container that can weight up to 125kg.
The extension of the project in The Hague will use a modified pick-up version of a StreetScooter and a Nissan e-NV200 take on the last-mile delivery of up to three containers each.
Combined with larger 7.5-tonne trucks that can bring a higher number of 125kg containers into the city centre, this will make the overall transport more operationally and environmentally efficient.
John Pearson, chief executive of DHL Express Europe, said: “Deutsche Post DHL Group has set a target of operating 70 per cent of first- and last-mile delivery services with clean transport modes by 2025.”