6 Mar 24

UAE to boost last-mile deliveries by adopting e-bikes

UAE to boost last-mile deliveries by adopting e-bikes

Aramex, a global logistics services supplier, is boosting its sustainability efforts in the UAE by integrating electric motorcycles (e-bikes) into the last-mile delivery market. The aim is to convert 98% of the fleet to electricity by the 2030s. 

United Arab Emirates (UAE) has stepped up efforts to achieve sustainability following hosting the COP28 climate conference and extending the Year of Sustainability to 2024, which is now boosted by Aramex's commitment to electrifying its last-mile fleets. 

Based in Dubai and established in 1992, Aramex provides international logistics services, including last-mile deliveries. Aramex set 2030 as the year to reach carbon neutrality and achieve zero emissions by 2050, aligned with UAE's timeline. 

The e-bike reform in last-mile delivery operations is an effort under Aramex's 'Delivering Good' strategy. It aims to reduce operations' environmental impact and energy consumption, improve efficiency, and increase customer satisfaction. 

Aramex has already commenced electrification in its commercial fleets, introducing electric vans (e-vans) for its logistics operations in the UAE and Jordan. 

Increasing innovation and collaboration 

Aramex is not hesitant to promote innovation in logistics to lower emissions. Through a strategic partnership with Dronamics, it launched the world's first cargo drone airline, beginning the pilot phase in 2023. Dronamics Airline aims to make deliveries across the UAE and spread to major regional markets, including South Africa and Australia. 

At the beginning of 2024, Aramex also announced a partnership with Odys Aviation to provide cargo operations in the UAE and Oman. This partnership aims to launch delivery operations with a hybrid-electric vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) aircraft, providing Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) cargo delivery in the regions where Aramex is operational and expanding. The VTOL, having a 320 km all-electric and over 1,200 hybrid-electric range, has multiple cargo configurations to improve efficiency.

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Authored by: Mufit Yilmaz Gokmen