The last mile – a call for evidence

The work we are doing at has been showcased by Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for the DfT, Jesse Norman MP. Today, (30th July 2018), the DfT have announced a call for evidence on the future of last mile delivery. Building on the government’s Road to Zero Strategy, they are examining how emerging technologies and services can be used to address a range of transport and logistics challenges.

The DfT states: This call for evidence will allow us to improve our understanding of the scale of opportunity as well as some of the current barriers to delivering goods more sustainably.

The work we are doing with on-line grocers and retailers has been highlighted as an example of what the future of environmentally and financially sustainable last mile delivery looks like:

e-Cargobikes trials

In May 2018, with funding from the Department for Transport’s Innovation Challenge Fund, worked in tandem with the supermarket chain Sainsbury’s to trial the use of electric cargo bikes to deliver groceries. The e-cargobikes used have a capacity of up to 480 litres and a payload of 125kg.

A fleet of five zero emission e-cargobikes was located at the Streatham Common store, delivering up to 100 orders a day to local customers who shopped via the retailer’s groceries online website. The trial tested whether delivering groceries by electric cargo bike could be an efficient way of getting groceries to customers living in busy cities.


The findings from the trials exceeded expectations in its potential commercial viability and efficiency, which showed that 96.7% of orders could be fulfilled in a single e-cargo bike drop. It also demonstrated shorter delivery routes and journey times, due to the ability of e-cargobikes to make use of cycle and bus lanes and road speeds greater than delivery vans. Finally, it provided evidence of shorter ‘doorstep’ times, due to the ability of e-cargobikes to park at or closer to delivery locations.

Click here to view: The Last Mile: Call for Evidence


Jul 30, 2018