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Brazilian retail group B2W to increase its electric tuk-tuk fleet for last-mile deliveries

In addition to bring efficiency to its logistics operation, B2W expects the fleet to stop emitting about 3 tons of CO2 into the atmosphere per month

Electric tuk-tuk vehicle from Brazilian retailer B2W
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  • B2W will increase its tuk-tuk electric fleet from currently 9 vehicles being tested in São Paulo to 90 vehicles to enhance its last-mile delivery operation;
  • The new electric tuk-tuks can carry from 240 kilos to 600 kilos of goods;
  • The fleet is expected to stop emitting about 3 tons of CO2 into the atmosphere per month.

Brazilian retail group B2W Digital, parent company of brands such as Americanas, Submarino and Shoptime, informed that is launching a fleet of 90 electric tuk-tuks to deliver products sold on its digital platforms.

The vehicles will operate mainly in the capitals of Brazil’s Southeast, South and Northeast regions.

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Developed in partnership with Cicloway, the new electric tuk-tuks can carry from 240 kilos to 600 kilos of goods, depending on the vehicle model. According to the company, this greater capacity increases the assortment and size of products delivered when compared to bikes.

“The service allows us to deliver faster and larger volume items, while reducing CO2 emissions into the environment,” says Welington Souza, general director of LET’S – a shared management platform for the logistics and distribution assets of Americanas and B2W.

B2W added that offers to partner couriers training for using the vehicles, which, unlike bicycles, require a license.

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The delivery service by tuk-tuks is being tested by the company in the city of São Paulo for the past few months. There are currently nine electric vehicles in operation, with different load capacities working on the company’s last-mile delivery service.

In addition to displacement efficiency, B2W seeks to avoid greenhouse gas emissions with the new fleet, in line with the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN’s 2030 Agenda, which encourages measures against global climate change. The fleet is expected to stop emitting about 3 tons of CO2 into the atmosphere per month.

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