UPS Is Delivering Packages by Tricycle and of Course It’s in Portland by Mahita Gajanan @FortuneMagazine December 18, 2016, 12:10 PM EST E-mail Tweet Facebook Linkedin Share icons UPS drivers are delivering packages by pedal in Portland, Ore., through the company’s new electronic delivery tricycles. Used to bump up efficiency and allow UPS drivers to avoid traffic, the delivery tricycles carry one-tenth of what a normal truck carries. “With a full-size delivery vehicle, you can’t get it into places that you would with an e-bike,” Scott Phillippi, a UPS automative engineer, told Fast Company. “It’s part of an overall strategy to make an impact on the environment as well as become more efficient in doing so.” UPS launched a similar electronic tricycle delivery program in Hamburg, Germany in 2012, and tested the same system in Switzerland in 2015. Portland is the first city in the U.S. to test the program. Let's give it up for the first ever UPS Cargo Cruiser, an electrically assisted tricycle that's being used in Hamburg, Germany, as part of our alternative fuel fleet. 👏🏼🌿 #sustainability #Germany #UPSAroundTheWorld A photo posted by UPS (@ups) on Sep 28, 2016 at 8:38am PDT #upstrike #trikelife #trike #ups #logistics #city #hamburg #transport #transportation A photo posted by Pavel Hermansky (@pavelhermansky) on Sep 30, 2016 at 12:48am PDT (Much better than their usual bike-lane blocking truck!)UPS now using pedal-powered trike in #Portland https://t.co/yWsXS03NdR pic.twitter.com/K0SYcz97Hy — Taras Grescoe (@grescoe) December 9, 2016 The delivery program aims to help UPS save money by avoiding delays in congested cities and fight pollution. If successful, UPS may bring it to other cities in the U.S., Phillippi said.