e-Logistics

This use case focusses on inner city logistics in a city-owned company with the aim to optimize maintenance and logistics routes via e-mobility solutions. Synergies with other projects can be seized, i.e. lessons from the FREVUE project can provide important insights also for smaller BSR cities.

Challenge

Inner city logistics contribute significantly to local emissions which can be reduced by deploying e-vehicles. However, this transformation is not without hindrances, including incorrect user perceptions about technical performance, charging time and range of use of EVs. Moreover, inner city logistics planning is often prone to abrupt changes in daily schedules and subsequent route alterations. The use case addresses benefits + barriers of e-vehicle deployment in BSR cities in terms of e.g.

  • charging infrastructure and route optimisation
  • winter conditions and e-mobility
  • possible bottlenecks in property-specific e-vehicle charging options
  • behaviour-related barriers to acceptance among city employees
  • e-vehicle type optimisation

Demonstration Action

The action involves testing of different e-vehicle options in inner-city logistics to determine the most efficient solution. Options include: e-scooters, e-kick-bikes, e-cargo bikes, 2/4 e-wheelers which will be leased during the demonstration and given to employees of Arkea Ltd. (AO 17), a city-owned company in Turku, for use in different logistical needs along normal work routes. The action will help identify optimal routes for different e-vehicles and the charging network. A cost-efficiency estimation of e-vehicle deployment in inner city logistics forms an integral justification for optimising e-vehicle maintenance and logistics routes. A user experience survey among Arkea employees is followed by the demonstration phase, the conduction of the feasibility study and the creation of an accessibility map for route+e-mobility optimisation. Target group and key stakeholders for this use case are decision-makers in city owned companies with specific mobility needs and city logistics planers. An in-depth study visit will be organised for these target groups.

Added Value

Inner-city logistics is often prone to a conservative means-of-transport lock-in with mainly diesel-operated vans being used even if neither distance travelled nor cargo carried actually requires this type of vehicle. Newest innovations in inner-city logistics are considered in this use case, different types of small cargo e-vehicles are tested. It is widely established that high procurement costs of e-vehicles still form a significant barrier to large-scale deployment, hence the use case will evaluate all cost-related aspects of such operations, i.e. the business case.