UPS' solution to Seattle's traffic problem comes in the form of hybrid tricycle trucks designed to maneuver through the clogged city streets, enhancing the brand's last-mile delivery flexibility

For the next year, delivery and logistics company UPS will be piloting an electric trike delivery system in Seattle. The tricycles, designed by Portland, Oregon's Truck Trike, are a hybrid ebike powered by human pedaling and battery, and can cover a distance of 12 to 18 miles. The front wheel is powered by the rider's peddling while the back two tires are powered by a thumb throttle.

This innovative delivery system comes ahead of significant highway construction for Seattle that will take one of the city's major routes out of commission for several months, making already-clogged streets worse. In addition, the delivery method promotes cleaner air, reduced carbon intensity and fuel savings.

As ecommerce continues to take off, UPS's model is evolving to accommodate a proliferation of individual package deliveries to homes and apartments. These trikes carrying about 350 pounds of packages and goods enable a not only cleaner alternative to large delivery trucks but also a more flexible and efficient last-mile capability for the brand.

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For the next year, delivery and logistics company UPS will be piloting an electric trike delivery system in Seattle. The tricycles, designed by Portland, Oregon's Truck Trike, are a hybrid ebike powered by human pedaling and battery, and can cover a distance of 12 to 18 miles. The front wheel is powered by the rider's peddling while the back two tires are powered by a thumb throttle.

This innovative delivery system comes ahead of significant highway construction for Seattle that will take one of the city's major routes out of commission for several months, making already-clogged streets worse. In addition, the delivery method promotes cleaner air, reduced carbon intensity and fuel savings.