Electric vehicles in city logistics: A classification of the most popular applications

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Urban freight transport is essential in supporting the economic growth of the cities. But it generates also many negative impacts on urban welfare such as emissions of pollutants and noise. Urban freight transport was assessed to be responsible of 1/3 of transport related NOx emissions and 1/2 of the transport related particulate matter emissions while it only represents 10 to 15% of travelled miles in urban streets. It also causes 21% of the CO2 emissions in large European urban areas. In terms of noise nuisance, urban freight transport generates 5 times more decibels than the circulation noise of private cars during morning rush hour. These figures are largely explained by the dominance of road in the transport mode used in city logistics. In order to keep cities attractive, solutions for a more sustainable road transport in logistics start to come on the agenda of city authorities. In that context, electric vehicles receive here an increasing attention but many barriers refrain still vehicle fleet managers in switching from conventional vehicles. However, the most critical barriers according fleet managers such as costs and range limitations were found not to be relevant for small vans. There is a gap therefore between the perception of the firms and the state-of-the-art of the technology. Based on interviews of different vehicle managers, this paper aims at exploring this gap based on real cases among transport firms.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2013
EventNectar 2013 International Conference - Azores, Sao Miguel Island, Portugal
Duration: 16 Jun 201318 Jun 2013


ConferenceNectar 2013 International Conference
CitySao Miguel Island


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