Urban Logistics

This use case will focus on opportunities + barriers for a sustainable e-mobility city logistics concept focusing on practical user aspects, economy, environment and legal framework. Synergies seized from the Interreg NSR project 'E-Mobility NSR' refer to the analysis of European examples and schemes for freight electric vehicles and action plans for sustainable city logistics.

Challenge

A large part of air and noise pollution in cities can be linked to inner city freight transport with diesel vans/trucks that deliver goods from suburban transport hubs to the inner city. Substituting these with electric vans/trucks can effectively contribute to better air quality and less noise pollution. To make this happen, technical (e.g. range/charging infrastructure) and economic questions (electric vans and trucks are still more expensive to buy) must be tackled, government framework need to be addressed.

Demonstration Action

The Municipality of Høje-Taastrup will test zero-emission/low noise last mile freight transport from a suburban transport centre to Copenhagen inner city using electric vehicles/trucks. 3-4 established transport companies will test 20+ electric vans/trucks under real-life conditions. For this purpose, a centrally located DC fast-charger (for charging during operation, placed at transport centre Høje-Taastrup) and decentralized AC chargers (for charging when out of operation, placed where trucks typically pause) will be installed over 18 months. The demonstration action will be analysed and monitored with view on practical aspects, financial implications, environmental impact and legal framework.
Target groups and key stakeholders are politicians responsible for the relevant legal framework, transport companies, OEMs and charging infrastructure operators from BSR cities. These will be involved in the use case through a targeted capacity building seminar and an in-depth study visit.

Added Value

The concept of last-mile e-mobility city logistics is not new, but more relevant than ever. There have been few real-life tests and demonstrations due to limited availability of electric vans/trucks. By cooperating closely with OEMs/producers and charging infrastructure operators, by tackling not only technical, but also economic and legal issues, this use case helps pave the road for the creation of a new and sustainable business model for e-mobility city logistics.