Croatian Post, the national postal service in Croatia, has launched a tender for 180 electric bicycles to replace its conventionally fuelled scooters.
The tender comes as part of its involvement in the PRO-E-BIKE project during which Croatian Post took part in a pilot scheme to see whether electric bikes could replace scooters in deliveries for the past six months.
The new bikes should be delivered in autumn this year and begin operation in early 2016.
'This is a huge replacement, with a big impact. This shows that support for electric vehicles and technology is making a difference in the marketplace for logistics and transportation,' says Željka Fištrek from the Croatian Energy Agency, which is a partner in the PRO-E-BIKE project.
Croatian Post based its decision on a number of factors, including that electric bikes have a similar range to their scooters when charged, but can also be used when their battery runs out.
The tender also requires a two-year guarantee and batteries must have the capacity for 800 recharges to reduce maintenance costs.
Some 40 per cent of the costs for the new bicycles comes from the Croatian government's Green Fund, which also subsidised the purchase costs for electric vehicles for individuals, companies and public organisations.