This initiative represents a first and very important step in the project of achieving an "emission-free delivery zone", which the logistics operator plans to implement in the city center of Prague.
Dachser has launched a pilot project in the Czech Republic to supply the city center of Prague with electric bikes. The new "Depot.Bike" facilities, located in the Floren metro station in the Czech capital, provide parking and recharging services for bicycles.
In this way, Dachser uses his great experience in implementing alternative delivery methods for the final stretch of its transport service in large European cities, such as Paris, Malaga and Stuttgart. This pilot project in the Czech Republic is being tested with electric bicycles, under real traffic conditions in Prague, preparing, in this way, for future restrictions that may exist in terms of traffic in the city center. In other words, the service is preparing to be able to operate in a real way in all kinds of scenarios, in the fastest, most effective and safest way possible.
As a global logistics provider, Dachser, headquartered in Germany, is a company characterized by continuously adapting its processes and services to the latest developments, as well as to the social and demographic changes that occur in the large urban centers. One of the factors driving the decision to carry out these initiatives is the current large increase in traffic suffered by large cities, the associated environmental impact and the consequent reduction in the quality of life of residents. Faced with this situation, many large cities implement access restrictions to their old town or center, establishing limitations, for example, on very old or highly polluting diesel vehicles, as is already the case in cities like Madrid.
"Dachser's central Research and Development department is in charge of analyzing alternative driving projects for vehicles, proposing new initiatives to achieve emission-free deliveries, within the framework of logistics in large cities", explained Jan Pihar, Managing Director European Dachser Logistics in the Czech Republic, adding that, for this reason, “as a company, we have extensive experience in using electric bicycles for the delivery of goods in many European cities, so the decision to launch a project Piloting also in Prague was an obvious step. ”Once again, the operator is ahead of the regulations as the city has not yet imposed entry restrictions into the city center.
Preparing for "DACHSER Emission-Free Delivery"
In the pilot phase of the project, Dachser plans to secure deliveries in the pedestrian areas of Prague's 1st district, where a large part of the capital's tourist attractions are located. Every morning from the Dachser branch in Kladno, located about 30 km west of Prague, trucks deliver daily goods to the Depot.Bike Micro-Hub in the city center. From there, deliveries are made individually with the electric cargo bike.
In later phases, the concept is expected to gradually spread to other city districts, such as Prague 4, Prague 5 and Prague 7, where they will also have electric trucks, which will support bicycles for the delivery of heavy pallets and bulky packages. . The main recipients of these shipments will be fashion stores, pharmacies and medical supply stores, as well as DIY, DIY and decoration stores. "The gradual replacement of small conventional delivery vehicles is a sustainable solution to alleviate traffic in Prague and improve the serious pollution problem. We would like to actively contribute to this, as it is an important part of our corporate strategy," continued Pihar .
For this important and environmentally friendly project, Dachser will use electric bicycles from the Velotaxi Bring company. These ebikes have a cargo space of 0.4 meters and therefore can carry goods equivalent to a Euro pallet loaded at a height of 1.2 meters, and a maximum weight of 250 kg. Initially, the bikes will only be used to deliver boxed shipments, but in the future the company also plans to use pallets that are gradually unpacked along the delivery route. Ultimately, these initiatives will culminate in the achievement of a DACHSER zone of "emission-free delivery", which integrates various types of sustainable vehicles, as part of an intelligent global concept. The pilot project will be continuously evaluated, together with the operator of the aforementioned micro-hub, an e-bike expert ekolo.cz and will also have the cooperation of the TSK Prague (Technical Highway Administration) and the Institute for Planning and Development of Prague. The first results are expected after six months of implementation.