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Back to the Future for UPS eBike

UPS eBikeATLANTA: December 07, 2016. UPS is testing its 'eBike', an electrically assisted delivery tricycle, to deliver parcels in the U.S. while reducing C02 emissions in urban areas.

The eBike began delivering packages in Portland, Ore., on November 21, building on the success of a pilot program in Hamburg in 2012.

"Portland, like all cities, is looking for ways to fight urban congestion and pollution," said mayor Charlie Hales. "It's great when a company like UPS brings us a unique solution that will help us combat climate change and protect the environment."

Operating on battery or human power, UPS will determine whether the eBike will work well in Portland and if so, deploy more of them next year. (Pictured on tricycle: UPS CEO David Abney)

Mark Wallace, UPS senior vice president of Global engineering and Sustainability commented: "Early in our 109-year history, UPS operated as a bike messenger company. While we have evolved and developed a vast network of ground and air vehicles, the bicycle may be making a comeback as we navigate through crowded urban areas and continue our focus on environmental sustainability."

UPS said it has invested more than US$750 million in alternative fuels, advanced technology vehicles and fueling stations worldwide since 2009.

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