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World premiere: The VCD presents electric cargo bikes at the IAA Commercial Vehicles

For the first time the ecological Verkehrsclub Deutschland e.V. (VCD) together with some manufacturers presented electric cargo bikes for commercial transport at the IAA Commercial Vehicles from September 25 to October 2, 2014. The IAA Commercial Vehicles is the world’s biggest trade fair for commercial vehicles and was a pure motor show until this year. The VCD has now brought a real alternative into play – the electric cargo bike.

Electric cargo bikes have considerable potential in urban commercial transport – they are not only more reliable, faster and less costly, but also zero-emission and can therefore contribute significantly to keeping the air clean in the cities. A new study concludes that 51 per cent of all motorised transport in European cities can be performed by cargo bikes: “There are suitable cargo bikes for any purpose up to 300 kg, the offer ranges from bikes for the delivery from the chemist’s shop to bikes for the transport of a fully loaded euro-pallet. On our stand we show the various models and answer all important questions around the cargo bike”, says Wasilis von Rauch, VCD project manager of the »Cargo on Bikes« project. 

Politicians and the media were very interested in the stand – many representatives from ministries and parliamentary groups visited it and informed themselves about the various possibilities of use.

The stand was supported by the cargo bike manufacturers Cyclopolitain, gobaX, Speedliner and UrbanArrow, which presented themselves on the stand. Besides the presentation of electric cargo bike models the VCD held the specialist forum “Last mile, efficient and without emission ? cargo bikes for city logistics” together with the Bundesverband Paket & Express Logistik (BIEK). The focal point of the forum was on the potentials of cargo bikes for the logistics in the inner cities and on the general conditions required for using cargo bikes in the cities.

Considering the great interest in the cargo bikes and the possibilities that they offer to the municipalities, the European Biking Cities project, a subproject of the CleanAir project, is going to prioritise the subject. The six cities participating in the project are going to inform about the possibilities of the municipalities of supporting the use of cargo bikes in the final brochure and at the planned project workshop at the Velo-city conference (June 2 -5, 2015 in Nantes). 

You find the complete documentation about the trade fair presence and the specialist forum inclusive of all press releases, press reviews and photos here.