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UPS is testing a new way to navigate through congested cities and get packages to your door.

UPS unveiled a battery-powered, four-wheeled scooter to move efficiently through busy cities while also reducing its carbon footprint. 

UPS worker Dyghton Anderson peddles an eQuad electric bike in a bicycle lane while delivering packages, in New York, Tuesday, July 14, 2022. Delivery giant UPS is going back to the future in its latest way to get packages to the doors of its millions ((AP Photo/Ted Shaffrey) / AP Newsroom)

It's a move toward the company trying to reach carbon neutrality by 2050.

The pedal-powered vehicle has been dubbed the "eQuad" by the company.

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The slimmed-down vehicle, is painted in the traditional UPS color scheme that the more traditional delivery trucks have, which have been known to upset motorists trying to get by parked trucks on narrow streets.

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It's another move by the company to do its part for the environment, as it now has more than 1,000 electric vehicles and thousands more that aren't powered by traditional gas engines.

UPS worker Dyghton Anderson peddles an eQuad electric bike in a bicycle lane while delivering packages, in New York, Tuesday, July 14, 2022. The company is considering launching a fleet of pedal- and battery-powered cargo cycles for deliveries in som ((AP Photo/Ted Shaffrey))

Residents in New York City may see them making their way around town when a test run is underway. 

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Like the Frank Sinatra song says, if they can make it there they can make it anywhere. 

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"New York is a complicated city, when we look at the density," said Nicole Pilet, the industrial engineering director for UPS. "So if we can have success here in the city, then we can see how we implement in other cities throughout the U.S."

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They are also being tested in several European cities.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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