TNT Express is introducing a mobile depot in Brussels to improve the efficiency of its parcel delivery operations and service to customers in the busy city centre, while contributing to a better environment.
As part of a field experiment, the mobile depot will be parked in Parc du Cinquantenaire for three months. Deployment of the mobile depot will see the replacement of TNT Express vans by electric tricycles (‘cyclocargos’) in Schaerbeek, Etterbeek and Saint-Josse-ten-Noode. This will eliminate 900 kilometres of van movements each week in an often congested area. The resulting lower CO2 emissions and noise will help improve the Brussels living environment.
The mobile depot is a large custom-designed trailer built to serve as a storage and sorting centre between the TNT Express hub at Brucargo and the centre of Brussels. The electric cycles will be loaded at the mobile depot and carry the parcels over the ‘final mile’ to addresses in Schaerbeek, Etterbeek and Saint-Josse-ten-Noode to speed up deliveries to shops and offices in the busy inner-city. The electric tricycles are run by the cycle courier firm Ecopostale. The project was set up in association with Straightsol, a consortium supported financially by the European Commission.