Smart Electric Urban Logistics


Smart Electric Urban Logistics

Active Dates: April 2017 - September 2019
Number of Project Partners: 3
CRP Project Lead: Tom Linton-Smith

Technology for Good Award                         Special judges Award for Innovation

Based in UPS’ Camden depot, the SEUL initiative has developed new charging technology that overcomes the challenge of simultaneously recharging an entire fleet of electric vehicles without the need for an upgrade to the power supply grid. This technology has been developed in partnership with UPS and UK Power Networks.


The system adopts an ‘intelligent’ approach to charging. It spreads charging throughout the night so that the building can use the power it needs to run the business of logistics (lights, sortation machinery and IT), while also ensuring that all EVs are fully charged by the time they are needed in the morning, all while never exceeding the maximum power available from the grid.

The successfully commissioned smart charging system will now allow UPS to electrify and charge its entire central London fleet of 170 vehicles without further costly and disruptive physical grid reinforcements. The 20 project vehicles are already contributing to cleaner air, achieving estimated well-to-wheel CO2e emissions savings of 65% compared to diesel.

SEUL is a 2.5-year project funded by the Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) in partnership with Innovate UK. The full results from all the Low Emission Freight Trials will be published by Innovate UK in early 2020.

Project Partners

UPS UK Power Networks Cross River Partnership

Useful Downloads & Links

Innovative Charging Technologies for Electric Vehicle Fleets
Cross River Partnership webinar
Smart Charging Electric Vehicle Fleets
GreenBiz - webinar recording
2019 EV Report
Smart Electric Urban Logistics - Project Postcard
A snapshot of the need for Electric Freight Vehicles
Smart Electric Urban Logistics - Factsheet 1
Smart Charging and why it matters
Smart Electric Urban Logistics - Factsheet 2
How does Smart Charging technology work
Smart Electric Urban Logistics - Factsheet 3
Electric freight vehicle deployment
Smart Electric Urban Logistics - Factsheet 4
Optimising energy usage for EV fleets using timed electricity connections
Smart Electric Urban Logistics - Factsheet 5
Conclusions and outcomes
UK Power Networks services video
The Fully Charged Show
A look into UPS's smart electric vehicle