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EIT InnoEnergy and Ono join forces to transform urban logistics

The partnership will see EIT InnoEnergy support Ono in the roll-out of its Pedal Assisted Transporter as well as connect Ono to its European partner ecosystem.

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The electric transporter combines the flexibility of a bicycle with the capacity of a transport van
The electric transporter combines the flexibility of a bicycle with the capacity of a transport van

EIT InnoEnergy has announced a new partnership with Berlin-based e-mobility company Ono to help roll out its emissions-free electric cargo (e-cargo) bikes across Europe.

 

The partnership will see EIT InnoEnergy support Ono in the rollout of its pedal assisted transporter (Pat) Pioneers Edition as well as connect Ono to its European partner ecosystem. The Ono Pat is set to launch this fall in Berlin, Munich, Leipzig and Langeoog.

 

European launch

 

On the financial side, EIT InnoEnergy will invest €3m over the next two years to allow Ono to fully prepare for its 2022 broader European launch. Ono’s long-term goal is to have 14,000 vehicles on the road in more than 60 cities by 2025.

 

“We are seeing a noticeable shift in the way people and goods are being moved in our urban centres,” said Jennifer Dungs, thematic field leader energy for transport and mobility at EIT InnoEnergy.

 

“Many cities are launching initiatives to use this opportunity to make long-lasting improvements to urban life – Ono is uniquely positioned to play a major role in these reimagined urban spaces.”

 

The electric transporter combines the flexibility of a bicycle, with the capacity and durability of a transport van, and is technically classified as an e-cargo bike.

“We are seeing a noticeable shift in the way people and goods are being moved in our urban centres”

According to Ono, with its cargo capacity of 2.1 cubic metres the Pat is suitable for a wide variety of commercial uses across several sectors. The initial roll-out will focus on the rapidly expanding courier, express, and parcel (CEP) market, including an already announced pilot with Hermes.

 

Ono claims Europe’s CEP market alone was valued at €58bn in 2018 while showing an annual growth rate of 8 per cent, with the last mile delivery representing the crucial and most cost-intensive piece of the overall supply chain.

 

“Our collaboration with EIT InnoEnergy and the other project partners enables us to perfectly address the needs of the CEP market in Europe, allowing for continual growth in further market segments while decreasing car traffic and emissions,” added Philipp Kahle, Ono’s head of engineering.

 

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