URB-E, a California-based provider of scalable green last-mile delivery solutions, launched e-cargo last mile delivery service in the California neighborhoods of Downtown Santa Monica, Ocean Park, Mid-City, and Wilshire/Montana that will help replace delivery trucks with zero emission e-vehicles.
Ten URB-E e-vehicles - which are currently custom designed e-bikes and e-containers - will start their delivery service May 5, 2022, in bike and Zero Emission Delivery Zone (ZEDZ) lanes on Santa Monica and Colorado Boulevards, with plans to expand to more than 20 vehicles. The URB-Es will deliver meal kits, e-commerce orders, groceries and subscription boxes daily from 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. PT.
"URB-E offers a perfect solution to deploy in LACI and Santa Monica's pilot Zero Emissions Delivery Zone," said Matt Petersen, CEO of LACI. "Since the pandemic, the demand for doorstep deliveries and the resulting pollution has surged further underscoring the importance of LACI's Transportation Electrification Partnership members working together to reduce traffic congestion and improve air quality."
URB-E's Santa Monica expansion continues the company's West Coast growth, having started in urban downtowns including Manhattan. The company is now bringing its e-cargo vehicles to suburban environments like Long Beach and Santa Monica, where the need for a clean, green delivery infrastructure is even more important as it affects the quality of the environment in areas where the majority of people live.
"Santa Monicans have had enough of delivery trucks snarling up their traffic, taking up parking spots and pumping noxious gasses into their environment. URB-E's new e-cargo vehicles can carry as much as a single truck while being more traffic and parking efficient," said Charles Jolley, CEO of URB-E. "By using electric vehicles and containers, we're able to deliver more packages each day while keeping Santa Monica running more smoothly and cleanly. And we know people that are happy about this as they stop us on the street all the time!"
URB-E vehicles, which carry up to 800-lbs. of cargo, will be making deliveries to both residential and commercial addresses. The vehicles are e-battery-powered and charged off-site at an URB-E facility, providing a safe energy infrastructure, which electric cars and vans currently don't support.