An old solution to new challenges: The rebirth of the cargo bike
The cargo electric bicycle, also known as the freight or utility bike, is enjoying a renaissance and recognition as a cleaner, safer, and more efficient mode of urban freight delivery and passenger transport. As a human-powered and fuel-free vehicle, this form of active transport could bring even more benefits to our cities than other disruptive technologies.
Cargo bikes are proving to be versatile vehicles of change for urban business interests thanks to their economic viability. They also reduce the need for polluting and noisy delivery electric cargo trucks that contribute to urban gridlock. They make the streets cleaner and safer for pedestrians and commuting cyclists.
The bright electric future ahead, led by bikes
According to Germany Two-wheel Industry Association (ZIV), in the last year, electrically assisted cargo bikes have outsold electric cars in Germany with 39,000 sold versus 32,000 electric cars—an impressive when you consider that electric cars have benefited from substantial government subsidies, while e-bikes received only a small handout. Globally, Deloitte predicts that 300 million e-bikes will be out on the world's streets by 2023, representing a 50% increase over current numbers. These statistics seem to show that, despite all the attention around electric and autonomous vehicles, the future of e-mobility may actually be led by bikes. In the next five years, 40 million electric bikes will be sold worldwide, dwarfing the 12 million electric vehicles that will be hitting the roads over the same period.
We hear regularly that people with disabilities go by taxi transport or mobility scooter to the physiotherapy and sit there on a stationary bike. Why not visit a friend or take a trip with a (electric) tricycle instead? Because you always have to cycle yourself, there is always movement. When needed, the cyclist can choose between various degrees of electric pedal support and cycle more easily. More and more cyclists realize that their independence and mobility increase, and therefore choose the environmentally friendly electric tricycle.
The electric special vehicle (EV) revolution is speeding up, but it can only go so far without the necessary infrastructure and technology. As thinking shifts from fossil fuels to all-electric, visions of a brighter, more optimistic world come into view. The vision is to improve all aspects of performance and reliability and unlock the possibility of producing a battery solution that matches the performance of conventional gasoline and diesel vehicles, meeting consumers expectations, helping drive the uptake of hybrid and electric transport and supporting the Governments Road to Zero strategy—aiming to make road transport emission-free by 2050.
According to our experience, after spending a lot of time studying these two processes in depth, we found that these two production methods have more in common than differences. Powertrain equipment still provides components for power generation. The body shop is still making all the panels. In order to make cars, the assembly plant still assembles all these parts together. In general, there is no real difference. Especially by automating the supply next to the production line, we can help the assembly line respond to changes. For example, when an electric car production line needs to switch from a large combustion-powered car to an electric car, we will send the correct components or parts to the point of use. All that is needed is the notification in the advanced software. Once the system or assembly line supervisor makes these clicks, we will respond and go to the appropriate location to pull the correct one. The delay is eliminated, and the probability of error occurrence is almost zero.
When we talk about the hollow block making machine there are some different pictures and ideas of this machine in people’s heads so we need to specify what we exactly mean by it. A hollow block machine is a machine that produces hollow blocks using pressure and vibration to compress the concrete mortar into the molds and form the concrete blocks.