UPS announced it has received the company’s newly updated eQuad, a four-wheeled e-assist quadricycle, in the UAE. The eQuad has been built in partnership with Fernhay, a UK-based manufacturing and design company committed to creating zero-emission products for logistics deliveries.
“Innovation and transformation are at the heart of UPS’s smart global logistics network. The eQuads are specifically designed with the changes in urban delivery in mind. Many cities around the world not only have more pedestrian areas but are also growing fast, resulting in more package deliveries in busy areas inaccessible to larger vehicles. The eQuad is a solution that can deliver nimbly throughout cities reducing noise, emissions and curb side congestion,” said Luke Wake, Vice President of Maintenance and Engineering.
The company is currently testing the eQuad around several European cities including Paris and Cologne. Less than three feet wide, the four-wheeled electric-assist cycle is said to be catering to complex urban deliveries allowing the driver to easily move through congested narrow streets and to pedal in bike/cycle lanes. The eQuad started its journey in the UK and made stops in France as well as Germany, before finally arriving in the UAE, where it will be showcased at Expo 2020 Dubai.
“We are excited to receive the eQuad for demonstration during Expo 2020 Dubai. The exposition is all about the future and one in which UPS endeavors to play an important role in advancing a more sustainable delivery network. As the Official Logistics Partner, UPS is applying its decades of expertise in sustainable logistics to manage and mitigate the environmental impacts of the Expo while supporting its ambition to deliver one of the most sustainable events in history,” said Alan Williams, UPS Vice President for Expo 2020 Dubai.
UPS has over 12,000 alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles deployed worldwide and has placed an order for 10,000 of the new arrival electric package delivery vehicles, as per the statement.