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Merkel Wants E-Bikes Replacing Trucks for Local Freight Hauling

Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government is looking for ways to encourage electric bikes to replace trucks for local freight shipments in Germany.

The Transport Ministry has commissioned studies on the usage of bikes to haul goods that normally would be carried by trucks, the government said in a reply to questions from the Green Party. The measure may prevent traffic jams and help reduce pollution in Europe’s biggest economy.