Aug 16, 2021

Bike maker Raleigh eyes move into electric courier sector

Raleigh, one of the world's oldest bicycle manufacturers, hopes to emulate the success of electric bikes among food delivery businesses in the courier sector. The British bike manufacturer, which was the world's largest just before the first world war, is eyeing the opportunity to replace polluting vans used by parcel delivery groups, such as DPD and DHL, with greener, battery-powered e-cargo bikes. "For Raleigh, e-cargo bikes have one of the biggest growth trajectories over the next four or five years," said Edward Pegram, commercial partnerships manager at Raleigh UK, which launched its first e-cargo bikes in September. Other bicycle makers have raced ahead in supplying last-mile food courier companies such as Uber Eats with the electric bikes that are now a ubiquitous sight outside of restaurants in large UK cities. Pegram said its move into electric cargo bikes - which cost around £4,000 to £5,000 each - has gained attention from the likes of Deliveroo and Just Eat, which are weighing up the benefits of using them.

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