A larger number of people ordering essentials, food and an array of products from home, has also created a competitive environment in the logistics industry. Delivery services are roping in innovative solutions to take the edge, and some countries in Middle East have already started testing movement of packages by drones and self-driving cars to avoid traffic.
Dubai is on track to witness autonomous delivery in its streets this year, thanks to a Turkish entrepreneur. But before that, global transportation service UPS has introduced an eco-friendly and compact vehicle to make sure products reach consumers quickly.
The company’s electric quadricycle is all set to navigate narrow lanes in the Emirate to find its way around traffic snarls, for smart urban deliveries. In addition to increasing efficiency of logistics operations, the compact vehicle will also bring down environmental and noise pollution in the city.
UPS developed its mini-wagon in the UK and has brought it to Emirati shores after trials in bustling European cities of France and Germany. The brand is the official logistics partner for Dubai Expo 2020, and will be demonstrating the eQuad’s abilities at the event, alongside innovators from different parts of the world.
The four-wheeled cycle is assisted by an electric motor, which means that it can avoid traffic congestion on the roads, since the rider can simply pedal through bicycle lanes. UPS has adopted sustainability by adding 12000 vehicles running on alternative fuel to its global delivery fleet, and has also placed an order for 10,000 more.
Arrival of eQuad in Dubai is a step forward for the city towards achieving maximum electric mobility, which is in line with UAE’s vision to cut emissions by over 22% in this decade.
UPS has also joined hands with the Emirati ministry for climate change as part of a plan to achieve a green transformation in the delivery sector.