Drive for electric bikes to replace delivery vans

The “Urban 200” was invented by three childhood friends who grew up building bikes together in their sheds. Their company, Edinburgh-based PeddleSMART, is getting ready to launch its vehicle. It will be built in a new factory employing ex-offenders and people with disabilities. The premises at Ravenscraig, Motherwell, has been set up with a £400,000 grant from the economic development agency Scottish Enterprise…

PeddleSMART is initially pitching the vehicle at public sector organisations like the NHS, councils and organisations which run “campus” sites which are home to multiple buildings and companies, such as Edinburgh’s Bioquarter.

The firm is also targeting private companies such as food delivery firms and people who want to cut their car use.