The trucks are 100% electric and have some terminal tractor-like features. The trucks will however mainly be used for regional transport. The range is at least 150 kilometres on one charge. All details regarding all other requested specifications can be found in the tender. All truck manufacturers are welcome to submit a tender with their offer.
The logistics concepts that will be developed and tested must ensure a lower Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) through optimum use of the capacities. To this end, a few important starting points have been defined:
The majority of the distances travelled by the participating companies in the region fall within 50 kilometres in a single trip. The range of the e-truck is at least 150 kilometres. With strategically determined fast-charging locations, time loss is reduced to a minimum. High flexibility and deployment is enabled by deploying a truck that can be used for multiple applications (container distribution, truck sharing, terminal tractor).
The trucks and their optimal use are the central focus. This is why a start will be made with the dedicated use of trucks by the project partners, after which the sharing aspect will be developed. Truck sharing will also contribute to the higher occupancy rate. These challenges could mean a breakthrough in logistics. The investment costs in electric trucks are still too high for companies in 2018. The joint investment in a charging infrastructure is an extra hurdle that eGLM will take away.