Smart Electric Urban Logistics

Exploring smart charging technology for electric freight vehicles, the Smart Electric Urban Logistics project is led by UPS with project partners Cross River Partnership and UK Power Networks

The global logistics company UPS is committed to greening its delivery fleet, but the lack of electric freight vehicles and electric infrastructure restrictions have held it back. Smart Electric Urban Logistics provides an innovative set of solutions which will support this change and make a vital contribution to cutting emissions in central London. It will also provide a scalable set of outputs which other logistics and freight operators can implement to improve their vehicle fleets and ultimately the environment.

A trial of electric vehicles forms the centre piece, with real duty cycles providing evidence for emissions reduction versus existing diesel fuel use. Instead of disruptive infrastructure improvement work, the project will focus on smart charging and making best use of existing supply through efficient use. An innovative time variance tool will provide a key mechanism for delivering efficiency, and this will help to create additional capacity in electrical supply with short lead-in times.

A five year strategy for the electrification of UPS’s entire central London fleet of 170 vehicles will result, moving the company towards its green objectives and providing an exemplar and real-world data for other UK organisations interested in the electrification of vehicles.

CRP Team members

Tanja Dalle-Muenchmeyer

Programme Manager Electric Freight

Susannah Wilks

Director

Carol Quamina

Operations Manager

Project stats

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Fully electric delivery trucks in central London
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Develop highly innovative smart charging system
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Design and implement a sophisticated electricity network capacity assessment tool

Project partners