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University of Washington’s Urban Freight Lab (UFL) collaborates with Seattle Department of Transportation, REEF, BrightDrop, Coaster Cycles, and AxleHire to pioneer shared sustainable last-mile neighborhood delivery hub

Written by Debra Bouchegnies / June 24, 2021

Project brings together multiple last-mile solutions innovators, with the support of the Seattle Department of Transportation, to evaluate sustainable last-mile delivery solutions

University of Washington’s Urban Freight Lab (UFL) has launched and deployed one of the nation’s first zero operating-emissions, last-mile delivery pilots in the Uptown neighborhood of Seattle, in collaboration with the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) and tech and delivery companies including AxleHire, Coaster Cycles, BrightDrop, and REEF.

Using zero operating emissions technologies, the pilot, titled Seattle Neighborhood Delivery Hub, allows innovative last-mile solutions providers to more quickly and efficiently test new vehicles, delivery models, and technologies – all in service of getting new eco-friendly solutions to market more quickly.  These technologies are an important part of the City of Seattle’s strategy to reduce climate emissions outlined in its Transportation Electrification Blueprint, including the goal of transitioning 30 percent of goods delivery to zero emissions by 2030.

The Mobility Innovation Center, housed at CoMotion, partners with applied research labs and centers across campus to deliver multi-sector innovation projects. Visit the Supply Chain Transportation and Logistics Center or the Urban Freight Lab to learn more about university expertise in goods movement.

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Seattle Neighborhood Delivery Hub

GeekWire story written by Charlotte Schubert, published June 17, 2021