Depending on where you live, your next Amazon purchase may be delivered by a new four-wheeled e-bike instead of your usual delivery truck.
If you get some bargains during this year’s Prime Day sale, your bundle may arrive on the back of a new e-freight bike that includes a custom four-wheeled chassis and enclosed trailer. Alternatively, it may be delivered by someone on foot (via Watchman (Opens in a new tab)).
These new options are being trialled by Amazon’s delivery center in East London’s Hackney neighborhood. They join Amazon’s steadily growing fleet of electric trucks as Amazon works to achieve its goal of being carbon-neutral by 2040.
Amazon’s new delivery options should also help reduce the cost of bringing packages to Londoners. The new vans and e-bikes will be exempt from the London congestion charge – a fee that drivers pay unless their car meets some lower emissions standards.
Although the experience is only just getting started, Amazon doesn’t hate it. It already has plans to open additional delivery centers for e-bikes in the near future, and should roll out new electric trucks made by Rivian in the US before the end of 2022.
Electric bikes are not just a sustainable option for delivery; It’s perfect for eco-conscious passengers too, helping you reduce your carbon output while giving your flight a little juice so you can get to your destination faster. If you want to see what’s out there, check out our picks for the best e-bikes you can ride today.