A project titled ZUKUNFT.DE plans to provide 500 electric transporters in the German states of Baden-Württemberg, Hamburg and Hessen for urban package delivery services in cities. Four large logistics providers have joined forces to bring the initiative to life.
The title pertains to their mission to provide delivery service in a customer oriented, sustainable and flexible way. They also hope to boost transparency with the initiative. They are addressing a topic that has been finding a growing interest: the electrification of last mile deliveries. The project has a broad focus, and will look at the set up of infrastructure in operational logistics centres as well as academic data analysis, next to the operational data of the actual deliveries.
The management of the project is done by hySOLUTIONS, which is based in Hamburg. The scope of the project will include about 500 electric transporters of the varities eVito (2.8t), eSprinter and E-Crafter (3.5t each) integrated into the fleets of the logistics companies DPD, GLS, Hermes and UPS in the inner city areas of Hamburg, Stuttgart, Heilbronn, Mannheim, Darmstadt and Frankfurt. Next to the real world testing of delivery practises, the development of a vehicle charging system is a major focus for the project. The depots will be used to develop a scalable concept to be put in place across the nation.
A total of eleven project partners are involved, with another five associated partners on the side. Next to the four logistics companies, Daimler and Volkswagen are providing the e-transporters, and the energy specialists from the EnBW and the Hamburg electrical grid operator Stromnetz Hamburg are providing their know-how. The academic support comes from the the Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences, the Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Engineering IAO and the Kühne Logistics University. The coordination by the Hamburg hySOLUTIONS is supported by the e-mobil BW and the Hessian economic ministry.
The project will go until the end of 2020 and receive 9.9 million euros from the German Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure. The fund will be split with 7.4 million going toward fundamental technologies and 2.5 million euros reserved for further project expenses.