The government is to support the uptake of e-cargo bikes with £2 million of funding to promote the use of electric delivery vehicles over older polluting vans and reduce harmful emissions and congestion.
There is an increasing use of diesel vans as they cater to the e-commerce boom. These vans cause congestion and have a detrimental impact on the environment. The government expects to see increasing numbers of electric vans on UK streets but is also promoting a place for other delivery modes such as e-cargo bikes.
“Support for e-cargo bikes will help to ensure that Britain leads the way in the development and deployment of the technologies of the future,” said low emissions minister Jesse Norman. “Encouraging electric delivery bikes on to our city streets will cut traffic and improve air quality, and will show how these vehicles have the potential to play an important role in the zero emission future of this country.”