The Road Freight Zero initiative

Road freight currently generates 15% of European CO2 emissions. About 70% of those emissions come from medium- and heavy-duty trucking (MDT/HDT). These are the hardest-to-abate segments. Nevertheless, there is a growing consensus that the zero-emission (ZE) truck industry is on course to deliver competitive business cases for the decarbonization of these fleets – through battery …

NYC Council passes bills to curb online-delivery truck chaos

NYC Council members approved measures designed to reduce traffic chaos caused by trucks delivering goods purchased online. One of the moves aims to siphon off dedicated curb space for the likes of Amazon and UPS. The legislation requires the city Department of Transportation to institute loading-only parking spots in each neighborhood and develop “micro-distribution centers.” …

What can neighborhood hubs bring for city logistics?

Logistics is crucial for a liveable city but should not lead to excessive cars and emissions. Hubs for (de)clustering goods at the neighbourhood level may provide a solution. However, what is the added value of such sites if logistical, economic and social functions are combined? The Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences (AUAS) explores these questions …

Research: evaluating the efficiency of using clean vehicles in city logistics

City logistics challenges require logistics companies to adopt logistics solutions to minimize these negative impacts and increase the efficiency of logistics activities and use urban consolidation centers (UCCs). Electric vehicles (EVs) are a popular and widely adopted initiative.  The purpose of research by Duy Nguyen was to analyze and evaluate the benefits in terms of …

POLIS and ALICE launch joint guide for advancing together towards zero-emission city logistics by 2030

On 1 December 2021, at the POLIS Conference 2021, members from both POLIS and ALICE presented the main highlights of the joint guide: advancing together towards zero emissions urban logistics by 2030. The common vision of the POLIS-ALICE Urban Logistics Strategic dialogue is to lead the transformation of urban logistics in cities to respond to the pollution, congestion, safety, and …

Battery electric trucks can achieve TCO parity with diesel trucks the next 10 years

A new study by ICCT analyzes the total cost of ownership (TCO) of battery-electric trucks (BET) in the highest emitting road freight segment: long-distance tractor-trailers. The research covers seven European countries, Germany, France, Spain, Italy, Poland, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom, which account for more than 75% of truck sales in the European Union …

Research: a managerial and behavioral approach in aligning stakeholder goals in sustainable last-mile logistics

Stakeholders play vital roles in the implementation of sustainable last-mile logistics solutions. Goal alignment in sustainable last-mile logistics that involve multiple stakeholders is complex and challenging, yet it can improve the chance of success of the last-mile logistics project. Furthermore, aligning stakeholder goals in sustainable last-mile logistics can help optimize individual supply chain actors’ resources …

Research: different charging strategies for electric vehicle fleets in city logistics

The transition from diesel-driven urban freight transport towards more electric urban freight transport turns out to be challenging in practice. A primary concern for transport operators is how to find a reliable charging strategy for a more extensive electric vehicle fleet that provides flexibility based on different daily mission profiles within that fleet while also …

Research: accessibility and equity analysis of transit facility sites for common carrier parcel lockers

Transit goals have typically focused on commuter trips but facilitating urban last-mile freight logistics is a potential strategy to increase transit ridership and mitigate the demands of parcel distribution on the transportation network. Presently, most parcel lockers operate out of private businesses, but consumer surveys have found that transit users may be interested in locker …