The UPS electric cargo tricycles use removable cargo containers that are deployed via a specially designed trailer. The cargo containers can hold up to 400 lbs (181 kg) and have a capacity of 95 cubic ft. (2.7 cubic meters).
The tricycles are equipped with an electric motor that can work together with human pedal power or by itself. The electric motor helps the UPS electric cargo tricycles more easily navigate rough or hilly terrain. The electric tricycles can also travel much further distances than under pedal power alone.
As part of the test program, the effectiveness of the UPS electric cargo tricycles will be evaluated by the University of Washington and the Urban Freight Lab. The basis for evaluation includes the tricycle’s reliability, design, and integration into Seattle’s infrastructure.