Can electric-assisted tricycles use for local deliveries become economical ?

An article in the New York Times (July 7,2013) describes a company, B-Line Sustainable Urban Delivery, that uses electric-assisted tricycles to make local deliveries hauled in a 60 cubic foot cargo box. The company coordinates deliveries in a local area around Portland and delivers baked products, coffee, office supplies etc. The space on the side of the containers is used for advertisements and works to make the service more affordable. But even after all the associated benefits, many companies justify its use as enabling customers to feel good, enabling companies to justify being green because the service is more expensive than conventional delivery. Given the lower environmental footprint, should such services be provided additional subsidies by local governments to encourage their use ? Should equipment cost or driver income be provided preferential treatment to encourage such industries ? Will the cost of such deliveries decrease as volumes increase and empty miles traveled get reduced ?

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