Freight Electric Vehicles in Urban Europe (FREVUE)

FREVUE has provided an importance evidence base on the feasibility and importance of the electrification of urban freight operations.

The growth of cities in Europe is providing greater economic, social and cultural opportunities for its citizens. To support this growing demand for goods, services and movement however, cities are increasingly affected by significant air and noise emissions as well as increasing congestion. With the logistics industry being a significant driver of economic growth, as well as a major contributor to these issues, improvements in this sector are required to ensure our cities fulfill their potential. FREVUE (Freight Electric Vehicles in Urban Europe) demonstrates to industry, consumers and policy makers, how electric freight vehicles can provide a solution to many of these problems.

Over 80 electric freight vehicles have been exposed to the day to day rigors of the urban logistics environment and have proved that the current generation of large electric vans and trucks can offer a viable alternative to diesel vehicles; particularly when combined with state of the art urban logistics applications, innovative logistics management software and well-designed local policy.

FREVUE is a €14 million project that is co-funded by the EU Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) and coordinated by Cross River Partnership. The FREVUE partnership is comprised of 32 local and European partners from both the public and private sectors concentrated around the cities of Amsterdam, Lisbon, London, Madrid, Milan, Oslo, Rotterdam and Stockholm. London partners include Westminster City Council, UPS, UK Power Networks, Imperial College, Transport for London and Arup.

The demonstration projects have been designed to ensure the range of conditions that are common across Europe are covered, including;

  • Goods deliveries (including food, waste, pharmaceuticals, packages and construction goods)
  • Novel logistics systems and associated ICT (with a focus on consolidation centres which minimise trips in urban centres)
  • Vehicle types (from small car-derived vans to large 18 tonne goods vehicles)
  • Climates (from Northern to Southern Europe)
  • Diverse political and regulatory settings that exist within Europe

The FREVUE analysis confirms the significant environmental benefits of EFVs. The data for this analysis, collected from 105 vehicles, shows that their deployment alone led to NOx savings of up to 2,000 kg and PM10 savings of over 70 kg, This is equivalent to total road transport NOx emissions in the City of London (the borough) on any any given three days in 2013 and total road transport PM10 emissions in the City of London on any given two days in 2013.

The analysis also shows that CO2 savings, using well-to-wheel analysis, are between 176 and 190 tonnes CO2e. This represents an overall saving of 45 percent and is equivalent to the total road transport greenhouse gas emissions in the City of London for an entire given day in 2013.

The environmental benefits translate into significant cost savings too. As an example: If, in London alone, we could electrify 10% of the freight fleet by 2021, we could save over € 1billion in reduced health impacts and abatement costs.

For more information, reports and guidance documents, please see http://frevue.eu or contact the FREVUE Co-ordinator Tanja Dalle-Muenchmeyer:

tanjadallemuenchmeyer@crossriverpartnership.org; Tel: +44 (0)20 7641 1436

 

CRP Team members

Tanja Dalle-Muenchmeyer

Programme Manager Electric Freight

Shanon Lim

Transport Project Officer

Susannah Wilks

Director

Carol Quamina

Operations Manager

Maxine Diakabana

Monitoring and Finance Co-ordinator

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