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Sustainable City Logistics Mobility & Energy Mobility Infrastructure Pollution Reduction
On 15 November, EIT Urban Mobility hosted the fourth edition of the Mobility Innovations Showroom, at the Tomorrow.Mobility World Conference, in Barcelona.

Start-ups, city officers, and public transport authorities participated in an interactive session that aimed to provide answers to the challenges of sustainable urban logistics and the electrification of transport.

Sustainable city logistics: insights from Munich and current pilot across Europe
Sayalee Pendharkar and Melanie Groetsch, project coordinator and traffic planner at the city of Munich presented the city’s perspective on urban logistics highlighting current challenges and the city’s ambitions to improve spatial efficiency and flexibilise curb space. Despite about one-third of Munich’s road traffic results from commercial logistical operations, the city lacks a holistic concept for commercial traffic which causes negative consequences in the city:

  • Congestion & traffic disruption
  • Emissions of air pollutants
  • Impairment of the quality of urban life
  • Impairment of road safety
  • Noise pollution

While individual approaches for general cargo and CEP (courier, express, and parcel services) exist, the city needs an integrated approach to mitigate negative consequences and solve major urban logistics challenges:

  • Delivery time & cost pressure in the transport sector
  • Overloaded infrastructure / insufficient traffic flow
  • Conflicts with other road users and residents
  • Lack of stopping & drop-off facilities
  • Accessibility of delivery points / packed delivery zones

To address these problems, Munich is tackling a set of action areas that aim to achieve local climate neutrality by 2035. These involve the support of pilots to explore innovative solutions such as: 

  • multi-user hubs and open-supplier parcel boxes at mobility points,
  • a testing ground for new logistics providers and business models,
  • and the implementation of zero-emission off-peak urban deliveries.

Following Munich’s intervention, Vianney Senlecq, head of strategy and operations, proceeded to present Urban Radar’s solution to facilitate efficient allocation of loading/unloading zones in urban environments. With pilots in 4 main European cities, Funchal (Portugal), Leuven (Belgium), Strasbourg (France), and Toulouse (France), Urban Radar’s Flexcurb solution helped municipalities:

  • to explore new curb side use cases,
  • to improve the analysis of parking sensors data in light of local regulations,
  • and to identify optimal locations for loading zones.

Electrification of transport: insights from Barcelona and new solutions from Europe

Mario Canet, responsible for R&D at the public transport operator, Metropolitan Transports of Barcelona, presented the perspective on current electrification challenges in the city of Barcelona. TMB’s 18-hour target represents the challenge of an 18-hour-a-day operation of fully electric buses, which requires dedicated charging infrastructure and technology. TMB manages its fleet of electric buses with two different charging strategies:

  • Overnight charging, where buses are charged statically overnight from the grid at the depot
  • Opportunity charging, where buses are charged at the bus stops along the bus route through a roof-mounted system that connects to an overhead charging infrastructure.

The city of Barcelona is working on the electrification of transport since many years. The transition from a conventional to a fully electric fleet was kickstarted by European Commission’s ZeEUSs 2014 project, aiming to accelerate the change towards more sustainable and clean mobility in cities.

The solution side was represented by Roby Moyano, head of product development, at Bia Power. He presented the companies real-time data monitoring and processing software for electric charging depots. Charging data analytics (costs, CO2 emissions, peak loads, battery degradation) helped to identify utilisation trends in Municipal Transports Company of Madrid (EMT Madrid). Savings of 80,000 EUR/year in peak loads and 50,000 EUR/year in price arbitrage substantiates the latest success case.

In complementation of the session, Dan Zethreaus founder of Elonroad, presented the companies’ ground-breaking road charging concept for EVs. Elonroad manufactures a conductive strip to be mounted on the road that connects to electric vehicles by the implementation of a retrofit in the vehicle’s floor. The Elonroad system provides the operator with a charging solution, including load balancing while driving and parked, and automated billing processes. With pilots in ports, parking and logistics facilities, and on open roads in Lund, Elonroad provides a solution that decreases charging time and the need for large, heavy, and expensive batteries.

Published on 01 December 2022. If you are interested in participating in future Showroom Events either as a co-organiser, or participant, contact us!

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