EXPO NEWS: FlexiModal debuts three-wheeled bicycle

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FlexiModal has revealed its three-wheeled bicycle for the first time at Parcel+Post Expo 2022, currently being held at Messe Frankfurt, Germany (October 18, 19 and 20).

TricyLift, the urban e-cargo trike, can lift and carry up to 200kg and any standard-sized (80 x 120cm) container due to its ‘lift&go’ lever mechanism. This is a seat and integrated lifting mechanism which has been created specifically for urban logistics. When not in use, the TricyLift can be split into two parts for compact storage. The backrest offers an ergonomic position and the 250W electric assistance complies with the European norm for e-bikes. The TricyLift’s design enables it to tackle urban obstacles and make a U-turn with a 2.5m turning radius. Overall, the trike has been designed as an agile and low-maintenance vehicle, ensuring efficient delivery of all types of goods in city centers.

At its booth, FlexiModal described cycle logistics as being a solution to the challenges of low emission zones (LEZs), low speed limits in city centers and the cost of last-mile deliveries. According to the company, installing microhubs on the edge of city centers to increase access to cycle logistics will ensure smooth delivery and a reduced carbon footprint.

FlexiModal uses the EU pallet to reduce the time lost when transloading goods between vehicles. Pallet use reduces the number of interactions with goods and the number of handling operations, therefore decreasing the risk of breakage and theft.

When goods cannot be transported on EU pallets, the company uses its adapted modules in the standard 80 x 120cm format. Primarily used for parcels, fresh goods, pallets and meals, this format creates microcontainers adapted to the requirements of city centers. FlexiModal aims to duplicate the maritime container model on the scale of urban logistics.

Aymeric De Vinck, sales manager at FlexiModal, said, “At Parcel+Post it will be the first time we present the vehicle and major actors of cycle logistics are looking forward to discovering what we have been working on for two years. Parcel+Post Expo mostly attracts an audience that still needs to be convinced by the advantages of urban deliveries by bike. Thus, we are looking forward to getting their feedback and presenting a product that, to us, can be an economically viable alternative to thermal vehicles.”

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