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Analysis of Competitiveness of Freight Tricycle Delivery Services in Urban Areas
"This research analyzed the competitiveness of freight tricycles, low- capacity freight delivery vehicles, as compared with diesel vans in urban areas. Freight tricycles, also known as electric-assisted trikes, are low- emission vehicles powered by a combination of human effort and an electric engine. This research developed a cost model that incorporated vehicle ownership and operation models as well as logistics constraints such as time windows, cargo capacity, fuel consumption, and energy use. Unlike previous research efforts, the model was tailored to the unique characteristics of freight tricycles and diesel van deliveries in urban areas. The model was used to analyze the competitiveness of freight tricycles against diesel- powered delivery vans. "
Tricycles would have a lower share of over-all yearly costs because of the decreased cost that vans run.
As cities focus on their livability and put streets on road diets, it may effect the competitiveness of tricycles as vehicles speeds and slowed.
"Tricycle delivery increases livability by reducing emissions and noise and the number of heavier commercial vehicles."
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