The NMW EXPO exhibitor Smart Distribution Logistik offers an alternative for light electric vehicles in its Paxster. Read more about it here and make sure to go by their booth “IKT für Elektromobilität”, Pavilion P11 EG C301, at the New Mobility World 2018 to say hello!
Diesel bans and entry restrictions for German, and in general European, cities are on everyone’s lips and a relevant topic in 2018. In particular, last mile logistics is affected by these developments and they pose a serious threat to all logistic service providers delivering parcels, medicine or newspapers and their fleets. Vehicles that emit no emissions and comply with environmental standards are needed more than ever.
By now, only a few of these service providers, such as Deutsche Post, rely on battery electric vehicles. The reason for that can be found in the lack of available models, a lack of operational experience and high entry costs into the new technology. This goes hand in hand with the challenge of the economic integration of e-vehicles into the fleet itself.
However small light electric vehicles, designed for a specific use, have great potential. An outstanding example of such a vehicle is the Paxster, which was originally developed for the Norwegian Post. It is particularly suited for the delivery of postal items and media products of any kind. With 9.2 kilowatt hours of battery power, 4-kilowatt hours of engine power and a range of up to 100 kilometres, the vehicle is perfectly equipped for last-mile delivery. With its length of only 2.32 meter, it is highly agile and comes with a high payload of 200 kilograms.
The advantages of the Paxster are obvious:
- – strong engine performance and zero local emissions
- – long range with energy regeneration through recuperation
- – high ergonomics through step-less and entry from both sides
- – direct access to the delivery point without getting out of the vehicle
- – high payload and ergonomic placement of the delivery goods in 3 boxes in the field of vision of the driver and with 670 litres of large storage space in the vehicle rear
Electric vehicles are still expensive in terms of their initial cost. Nevertheless, Paxsters can be used economically, as evidenced by recent experiences of the DDV media group. The savings are based directly on:
- – significantly lower operating costs compared to conventional vehicles,
- – up to 81% lower consumption costs
- – up to 12% time savings on delivery trips
- – acceleration of delivery through high manoeuvrability
- – delivery without having to leave the vehicle
The use of small electric vehicles can be made even more cost-effective through intelligent planning and optimization. The research project SMART DISTRIBUTION LOGISTIK, which consists of companies from Saxonia and Thuringia, is dedicated to exactly this topic.
The goal of the project is to support the cost-efficient usage of electric vehicles through an IT-based platform solution that includes a monitoring of the intrinsic cost advantage of operating electric vehicles. Cross-linked Optimizations at the various levels of logistics planning: for individual tours, for cutting delivery areas and the design of the underlying logistic concept form the algorithmic core of the platform. Multi-use models such as cross-company sharing of goods and battery electric vehicles from 40-ton trucks to load pedelecs will further lower operational costs. As a result, the system platform will lower the TCO (Total Cost of Ownership) of the electric vehicles so that they can be used economically from day one on.
The development results are demonstrated by the scenario of media logistics. As one of the largest logistics sectors in Germany, media logistics is facing a complete reorganization of its delivery. Declining subscription numbers and rising costs are leading to a rethinking of existing logistic concepts. This opens up the possibility of integrating electrically driven niche vehicles into the fleet and moreover doing this economically. The project will test and optimize the use of electric vehicles in the field with two German media logistics companies – LVZ Logistik GmbH (Madsack Group) and Sächsische Zeitung GmbH (DDV Media Group) as well as other associated partners. At least 40 Paxster electric vehicles and others, like Cargo Roller, Renault Kangoo ZE and Citroen Berlingo, vehicles are part of the project fleet.
About the consortium
Following its successful application in the technology competition “IKT für Elektromobilität III” of the Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy, the consortium started its project work in May 2017 and received a Funding commitment of around 4 million euros for the next three years to implement the innovative development idea. The total volume of the project is just under 7 million euros. SMART DISTRIBUTION LOGISTIK is one of 21 projects funded by the Federal Ministry for Economics and Energy (BMWi) research program “IKT für Elektromobilität III: Integration of Commercial Electric Vehicles in Logistics, Energy and Mobility Infrastructures”. The BMWi continues the research activities in the field of commercial use of electromobility through the program.