Matthijs wrote:Delivery is "greener" as well because a bunch of them just fit in a truck:
Somehow that reminds me of the scene at the start of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, with the posse's horses on the train.
That got me thinking: No one would want to drive such a light vehicle on a freeway - but who wants to drive on a freeway anyway? Ideally you could rent a Twizy, drive to a coach or train station, and pick up another at the other end to take you to you final destination. Cars fail by trying to combine door-to-door with long distance transport, which results in places too thinly spread for walking and traffic too fast for cycling. Public transport (where it is available) is awkward with anything more than hand luggage.
I'm thinking of a sort of hybrid truck/bus system that could be used by any flat-bed with spare capacity. They stop between platforms at load level on either side from where passengers and freight enter and leave. Each, depending on size, may accommodate 4-8 Twizy-sized sections which may carry (for example) either eight passengers on facing benches, up to six freight pallets, a small EV, a stretcher case, or a couple of heavily-loaded bikes and their riders. Since all can be loaded or unloaded simultaneously, stopping time is minimal. The carrier has no responsibility other than to get safely to the next stop, so could be anything from private hauliers making a bit of money from their empty trips to a dedicated electric rail line.
Stops could have a local delivery service like CargoHopper
, or NEVs, trailers and ebikes for hire.