Emission-free parcel distribution system launches in Budapest (Hungary)

By Gabor Heves / Updated: 08 Jul 2015
Electric cargo fleet

One of Budapest’s main cargo distributors has replaced its petrol-driven lorries with cleaner vehicles thanks in part to the guidance of an EU-funded mobility project.

Parcel and shipping company GLS Group has since 1 July 2015 been using bicycles, electric tricycles and an electric minivan to distribute parcels in an effort to cut pollution near the homes and offices of their clients.

GLS launched this new system after consulting the Hungarian capital’s first bike courier company, Hajtás Pajtás, a member of the EU-funded Cyclelogistics mobility project.

The Cyclelogistics project aims to reduce energy consumption and emissions from freight transport in urban areas around Europe.

Every morning parcels destined to central Budapest arrive by one single lorry into a GLS distribution centre.

Fast cargo bikes then deliver around 50-100kg of freight, while electric tricycles distribute around 100-250kg of parcels. For heavier loads, GLS uses a fully electric van with a range of 130km.

Hajtás Pajtás was set up as a small family enterprise, and puts great emphasis on environmental and social values. It has already won several prizes for social enterprise.

For more information, visit the Hajtás Pajtás website. There are also a number of case studies on Hajtás Pajtás in the Eltis Case Studies section.

Photo: OTS

Urban freight/city logistics