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A new vehicle for urban freight? An ex-ante evaluation of electric cargo bikes in courier services

Gruber, Johannes und Kihm, Alexander und Lenz, Barbara (2014) A new vehicle for urban freight? An ex-ante evaluation of electric cargo bikes in courier services. Research in Transportation Business & Management. Elsevier. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.rtbm.2014.03.004 ISSN 2210-5395

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One possible strategy to tackle the negative effects of urban freight is the substitution of cars by electric cargo bikes for inner-city courier shipments. This paper determines whether there is a potential market for electric cargo bikes, how the current market is organized, how electric cargo bikes are perceived by bike and car messengers, and what factors drive their willingness to use them. We find that in terms of cost, payload and range, electric cargo bikes lie in between two existing modes (bikes and cars) that have a largely overlapping market. Vehicle choice is commonly made by freelance messengers, as many courier companies don't operate their own fleets. Therefore they can contribute only indirectly to the dissemination of electric cargo bikes by considering them in their operational management. Despite the fact that most messengers have not used an electric cargo bike before, it was generally regarded to be suitable for courier shipments. Using a binary logit model, we find that messengers' demographics, their professional practice as well as their attitudes and values have significant impacts on their willingness to use electric cargo bikes. Critical factors for actual implementation appear to be electric range, purchase price and publically available information.

Titel:A new vehicle for urban freight? An ex-ante evaluation of electric cargo bikes in courier services
AutorenInstitution oder E-Mail-AdresseAutoren-ORCID-iD
Gruber, Johannesjohannes.gruber@dlr.deNICHT SPEZIFIZIERT
Kihm, Alexanderalexander.kihm@dlr.deNICHT SPEZIFIZIERT
Lenz, Barbarabarbara.lenz@dlr.deNICHT SPEZIFIZIERT
Datum:13 April 2014
Erschienen in:Research in Transportation Business & Management
Referierte Publikation:Ja
In Open Access:Nein
In ISI Web of Science:Nein
DOI :http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.rtbm.2014.03.004
HerausgeberInstitution und/oder E-Mail-Adresse der Herausgeber
Brooks, M.R.Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Ison, S.Loughborough University, Leicestershire, UK
Stichwörter:Courier service; Electric cargo bike; User acceptance; Binary logit model
HGF - Forschungsbereich:Luftfahrt, Raumfahrt und Verkehr
HGF - Programm:Verkehr
HGF - Programmthema:Verkehrssystem
DLR - Schwerpunkt:Verkehr
DLR - Forschungsgebiet:V VS - Verkehrssystem
DLR - Teilgebiet (Projekt, Vorhaben):V - Projekt Verkehrsentwicklung und Umwelt (alt)
Standort: Berlin-Adlershof
Institute & Einrichtungen:Institut für Verkehrsforschung > Wirtschaftsverkehr
Hinterlegt von: Gruber, Dipl.-Geogr. Johannes
Hinterlegt am:17 Apr 2014 10:53
Letzte Änderung:17 Apr 2014 10:53

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