17. June 2015

New Springer publication: E-Mobility in Europe – Trends and Good Practice

Focusing on technical, policy and social/societal practices and innovations for electrified...

17. March 2015

One step at a time: A complexity perspective for the next generation of EV policy

A Dutch team of E-Mobility NSR colleagues produced a compact draft in which recent developments of...

17. February 2015

New book: Global perspectives on EV Business Models

E-Mobility NSR project team members, Dr Richard Kotter and Prof Ghanim Putrus, Northumbria...

Comparative Analysis of European Examples of Schemes for Freight EVs released

26. July 2013

FDT Association of Danish Transport and Logistics Centres, together with TU Delft, HAW Hamburg, Lindholmen Science Park and ZERO, have just released an outcome of 1 year long work within the field of electric freight vehicles. The outcome is the report “Comparative Analysis of European Examples of Schemes for Freight Electric Vehicles, which in 350 pages and more than 60 cases presents experiences in utilizing electric vehicles for goods deliveries in urban areas.  Case studies cover initiatives realized in 7 North Sea Region’s countries: Belgium, Denmark, Germany, the Nederland’s, Norway, Sweden and United Kingdom.

The report gives a comprehensive overview of currently on-going and finalised (both publicly supported and entirely privately financed) initiatives. The main aim of the report is to identify challenges, strengths and opportunities associated with utilization of electric vehicles for goods distribution, as experienced by users. An important part of the report is also the Appendix part, where technical specifications of all 36 identified types of electric freight vehicles used for distribution in urban areas are presented.

The conclusion is that considering the advantages and disadvantages of electric vehicles, they are well suited for goods distribution in urban areas, especially for the fixed routes. Small range is not an obstacle for the business reliability in this case, as the travel distance is constant – known in advance. Lower maximum speed is also not problematic, due to low transport speed in cities.  Additionally, the vehicle has been reported to be very manoeuvrable and easy to drive in the city centre. Further, driving comfort was experienced to be high. Last but not least, since the electric vehicle is almost soundless deliveries can be made during the majority of time during the days and even during nights.

Download the report from our Info-Pool.