Stuart Delivery, a tech logistics company specializing in same-day delivery, and Vok Bikes, a Tallinn-based electric cargo bike provider, have partnered to introduce a new on-demand mobility solution to London’s rapid delivery sector.
Vok has agreed to offer couriers on the Stuart platform use of its electric cargo bikes through a short-term rental model with no prior financial commitment needed.
Vok’s bike design includes built-in cargo compartments that allow couriers to conveniently deliver multiple orders at once and are also weather resistant, making it easier to navigate tricky weather conditions. By offering on-demand bike rental in major urban hubs, Vok Bikes improves the accessibility and efficiency of courier work.
The bikes are now available to couriers in Croydon and the surrounding areas of South London and will be available across London by the end of 2022.
Julien Weyl, head of sustainability at Stuart UK, said, “Accelerating the transition to low-emission vehicles is crucial to reducing our emissions. However, couriers on our platform own their own vehicles and are often constrained in their ability to switch to using electric vehicles.
“Through partnerships with companies equally committed to sustainable mobility, like Vok, we are able to combat this barrier and make it easier for couriers to do so. This will not only contribute to lowering Stuart company emissions but will enable couriers to reduce their own personal carbon footprints too.”
Indrek Petjärv, CEO and co-founder of Vok Bikes, commented, “Vok Bikes enables delivery platforms to increase efficiency in the booming and super-competitive delivery market, making attracting couriers easier, enabling better working conditions and leveraging a business model that has a great fit with courier lifestyle. We welcome Stuart as an invaluable partner in a mission to make sustainable and efficient last-mile delivery widely available across Europe.”
London is the first major city in Vok’s European expansion, fueled by a pre-seed-funding round the company closed earlier this year.