EsCargo: A Cargo Motorcycle
Melbourne is a city undergoing a rapid population growth. By 2050 an estimated 8 million citizens will see a sustained and increasing load placed upon our transport systems. Coupled with the adoption of online shopping and global distribution, these factors will further crowd our road systems and increase environmental pressures. This project addresses an emerging wicked problem where the demand for goods transport in an increasingly crowding city with minimal environmental impact appears to be impossible.
EsCargo is a cargo motorcycle designed to address the need for moving small scale freight in a timely manner on congested urban streets. It is a proposition for a modal shift in the way that we transport goods without building more infrastructure and maintaining our current logistics paradigm of large loads on large vehicles.
EsCargo is an agile solution that augments localised delivery, but has the ability to cross the metropolitan area. A small footprint and nimble handling allow it to cut through congestion, while the clean, quiet and efficient, electric drive-train minimises impact on the environment. Combined with Green Energy infrastructure EsCargo aims to achieve zero emissions delivery. The cargo hold of the bike increases it’s carry capacity tenfold over existing motorcycles and the strong ladder-frame can handle loads up to 200kg. The design is easily adaptable to suit many jobs, whether it be delivering mail, consumer goods or even fresh foods. Time is of the essence with fresh food and waiting for a truck to navigate the city traffic can be costly. Whilst cargo bicycles are quick through the CBD, they become less practical towards the outer suburbs. It is these fast, short to mid trip distance scenarios where EsCargo steps in.