What has been billed as a transformable and dismountable micro electric vehicle has been officially unveiled – and it is made in the UK.
The if.Micro makes deliveries more environmentally friendly and cost effective. Research by the company behind it, if.Vehicles, has found that it dramatically cut costs and carbon emissions for the last mile.
The last mile is typically achieved with vans or light trucks, which means it is the most expensive, inefficient and carbon intensive part of the process. By integrating the if.Micro into their existing fleets, logistics operators can cut last mile carbon emissions by up to 80%, and delivery costs per parcel potentially by 30%.
“Post and parcel companies are under significant pressure to cut carbon emissions while maintaining margins,” commented Bill Clare, Chairman of if.Vehicles, which has operations in Newcastle, Coventry and Liverpool. “The if.Micro’s unique capabilities mean that it can deliver benefits in both these areas, above and beyond technologies such as e-cargo bikes and micro EVs.”
The if.Micro can be quickly transformed into a road-legal micro vehicle for post and parcel delivery. Alternatively, it can be turned into a power-assisted trolley for pedestrianised areas. These unique transforming capabilities mean that the if.Micro can be transported in any van or truck, then used for last mile deliveries – effectively turning a commercial vehicle into a mobile distribution hub.
“With the huge rise in online shopping, it is more important than ever that we tackle emissions from last-mile deliveries and help the UK to meet its climate change goals,” added Clare. “We have already received substantial interest in the if.Micro and are now looking to secure a logistics partner to refine the vehicle and quantify the operational and commercial benefits through trials.”