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

Gruber, Johannes and Kihm, Alexander and 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: 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.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/88873/
Document Type:Article
Title:A new vehicle for urban freight? An ex-ante evaluation of electric cargo bikes in courier services
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iD
Date:13 April 2014
Journal or Publication Title:Research in Transportation Business & Management
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:Yes
Gold Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:Yes
EditorsEmailEditor's ORCID iD
Brooks, M.R.Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, CanadaUNSPECIFIED
Ison, S.Loughborough University, Leicestershire, UKUNSPECIFIED
Keywords:Courier service; Electric cargo bike; User acceptance; Binary logit model
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Transport
HGF - Program Themes:Transport System
DLR - Research area:Transport
DLR - Program:V VS - Verkehrssystem
DLR - Research theme (Project):V - Projekt Verkehrsentwicklung und Umwelt (old)
Location: Berlin-Adlershof
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Transport Research > Commercial Transport
Deposited By: Gruber, Dr. Johannes
Deposited On:17 Apr 2014 10:53
Last Modified:06 Sep 2019 15:29

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