Bicycle maker Pashley has entered full production of its electric cargo tricycle, the Articulated, Lightweight, Electric, Cargo Solution (ALECS).
The ALECS is 80cm wide so it can use bike lanes and faster routes – and it doesn’t require a license or road tax to ride. It is designed to carry 110kg securely at 25km/h and has a tilting front section that means its rides like a bicycle but with the stability of a tricycle. The solution is intended to support last-mile delivery in towns and cities, where there can be restrictions on vans and trucks.
Having completed real-time safety, durability and rider ergonomics testing, production of the ALECS is underway with a demo fleet being made available for businesses to trial it in the company’s own delivery operation. By being in control of the whole process, Pashley states that it will be able to discuss and respond to its customer’s individual requirements of color, box size and branding as required.
Adrian Williams, managing director of Pashley, said, “The response so far has been excellent. From small businesses needing a delivery solution or a better way to get equipment to their customers, to large organizations like Royal Mail, who have been involved in our development program for the ALECS.
“Pashley identified a real need to answer the rapidly growing demand from cargo delivery companies and businesses that are now servicing urban areas where vans and trucks are not allowed. There are wide-ranging uses and applications for our ALECS vehicle, and we have over 90 years of experience working with customers in this sector. It’s been a huge team effort and we’re immensely proud of the solution that our innovative electric cargo trike provides – and that it comes from the longest-established bicycle maker in England.”
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