Van Free Logistics
Breathing fresh air into cities
With funding support from UK and Irish governments and partnership working with logistics companies and research institutions over several years, we have developed a range of zero-emission equipment to enable parcels to be delivered across our cities without the need for vans which reduces the environmental impacts of your business on the environments in which you operate.
Our robust equipment includes a powered 4-wheel bicycle: “Breathe”; a powered walker: “Air”; and our unique, mechanised parcel box: “Fresh” which is core to ensuring the scalability of the delivery solution.
All our equipment can operate either independently from a city hub, or from our towable transfer trailer known as Eco Hub II if your depot is out of town. Eco Hub II transports six Fresh boxes from the depot to downtown behind a van for final mile on a Breathe e:quad or an Air e-walker.
Production is geared towards assembly of sub systems to allow for a tailored solution that is right for your operation and cost effective whether you are in town or on the outskirts, whether you are dealing with larger or smaller parcels and packets and the balance you want to achieve between Utility, Style and Price.
We aim to provide meaningful solutions and pieces of equipment that result in quantifiable benefits to your business operation.
We will work with you to determine the right specification for your needs based on benchmarking your operation and understanding the way you wish to use and service the equipment we supply.
Our Breathe e:quad is a 4 wheeled pedelec (rather than a 3 wheeled trike) that carries our Fresh box system.
At its core is a focus on delivering parcels in dense urban environments at high drop rates whilst reducing fatigue for the operator.
Breathe comes with a number of different base styles and options including closed and open cab options.
Fresh thinking is what we did when we realised that the core of our parcel delivery system was the box that carried the parcels and packets and not the equipment it moved around on. Our ‘Fresh’ box works across our full range of equipment from depot to door.
With its narrow design and side loading features it is narrow enough to be carried on paths, cycle ways as well as roads in the urban environment.
We have different internal and external options which can be specified, but these again would be based on a review of your existing operation and tailored to your needs around core dimensions we believe balance your viable and scalable business model as well as acceptable presence in the shared space of our cities.
The focus for sustainable logistics has traditionally revolved around cycle freight but this is not the whole story. Pavements are controversial places for freight, but our trial work supported by Dublin City Council will enable us to prove the value of our powered walker solution known as Air. Air will be used where there are the highest parcel drop densities and will increasingly show its merits as cities move to more pedestrianised zones.
Air carries our Fresh box system, is agile in tight spaces, can go through a typical shop door, and fellow pedestrians can see over and around it. Air can move unobtrusively through our busy city streets right up to the customer door.
Fernhay is an independent equipment manufacturing and design company, committed to creating zero-emission products for freight deliveries in cities.
Our vision is of thriving cities, where parcels and packets are delivered nimbly throughout the streets in ways that reduce air pollution and kerb side congestion. Cities are clean, the air is fresh and people enjoy the spaces around them.