Knowledge and tools for electric vehicle fleets

The EUFAL project, standing for Electric Urban Freight and Logistics, aims at providing a platform of exchange as a decision support system for companies willing to integrate electric vehicles (EV) in commercial vehicle fleets.
The EUFAL platform will provide tools for companies at different stages of EV implementation: early planning of EV use, implementation of EV use, optimisation of the EV implementation. It will uptake and unite existing research results and technological developments of ongoing research projects (national, transnational, European) in commercial transport including fleet management and optimizing their composition.
 

The Challenge of EV Implementation

Although it is commonly believed that EVs are suited to perform last mile deliveries in particular in urban areas, only some companies make use of electric delivery vehicles. Up to now, electric vehicles have been considered as perfect substitutes of conventional vehicles. But there are still problems to be solved: difficulties to deal with the inter-day variability of tour-lengths, problems to integrate EVs into existing fleets and working forces, and missing own and reported experiences. The potential for electric vehicles is much greater if logistics concepts and the use of electric vehicles are jointly optimized taking into account the speciality of different spatial areas. EVs, integrated into mixed fleets, could be used in urban areas, while traditional vehicles could operate in surrounding areas.

Alternatively, the use of micro-distribution centres in connection with urban distribution could be imagined.

The Implementation of the EUFAL platform: demonstration and early stakeholder engagement

Projects in the field of electric mobility in commercial transport have shown that there is a lack of information for decision makers and fleet managers concerning technical possibilities and costs of EVs. EUFAL closes this gap by means of providing and demonstrating the platform of exchange and involving stakeholders right from the outset of the project. For this experienced EV users and developers of EV business models will be addressed. Developed tools for the platform of exchange will include the next stage development of the routes optimisation platform DYNATOP. It will showcase a multi-purpose city logistics system which is both economically and environmentally sustainable based on the use of EVs supported by ICT optimisation tools. The project will analyse the status of EV implementation in cities based on examples. The demonstration and evaluation of the implementation and application of electric mobility includes urban freight and city logistics in several countries. Environmental impacts of EVs in city deliveries and expectations for battery charging infrastructure development will be analysed. Use patterns of corporate fleets will be analysed and EV potentials identified. National framework and business environment for EV deployment in urban commercial transport will be assessed.

The Added Value: “everything from a single scientifically proved source” on EV implementation in commercial vehicle fleets

EUFAL is the first user-friendly web-based open source platform of knowledge exchange providing all available data centrally. This supports a more accurate and cost-efficient implementation of EV in commercial vehicle fleets in Europe. This top-down-information-providing-online tool will also offer access to planning tools for optimal fleet composition, planning urban micro-hub solutions, a long-lasting experts network for further consultancy and other. The added value is the "everything from a single scientifically proved source"-approach. EUFAL will support companies with information for EV implementations at the best level possible. The platform of exchange will allow companies to handle the implementation of EVs in mixed fleets and multi-level distribution concepts. The project will test and validate the joint optimisation of existing vehicle technologies and new concepts of logistics organisation in urban and suburban environments. Necessary development of vehicle technology will be analysed.

Integrating project partners from Germany, Austria, Denmark, Poland, and Turkey, the project will contribute to the transfer of knowledge on electric mobility between stakeholders and countries.

Project goals

EUFAL results will play a key role in the European research focus for electric mobility in urban and suburban freight and city logistics and create a significant leverage effect on the implementation of EV in fleets until 2020 and beyond.

By providing scientifically proved policy support to identify the most appropriate measures (regulations, incentives, etc.) for urban and governmental, regional and urban authorities, one of the largest leverage effects in boosting the implementation of EV in European cities is guaranteed.

EUFAL Project partners

  • DLR Institute of Transport Research, Germany
  • AIT Austrian Institute of Technology GmbH, Austria
  • Borusan Lojistik Dagitim, Depolama, Tasimacilik ve Ticaret A.S., Turkey
  • Copenhagen Electric, Denmark
  • DTU Management Engineering, Denmark
  • eM-Pro Elektromobilität GmbH, Germany
  • Maritime University of Szczecin, Poland

Project duration: 30 months

(01/01/2018- 30/06/2020)

Website http://www.eufal-project.eu

Coordinator: Dr. Jens Klauenberg
Telephone: +49 30 67055-192
Email: Jens.Klauenberg@DLR.de

The project EUFAL is co-funded by the ERA-NET Cofund Electric Mobility Europe (EMEurope) and national funding organizations. EMEurope is co-funded by the European Commission within the research and innovation framework programme Horizon 2020 (Project No. 723977).

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