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Energy optimal urban Logistics As A Service

The E-Laas project proposes a new and operational energy-based approach to design multimodal urban logistics systems. In E-Laas, urban delivery systems are compared with their energy use including modal shift (micro platforms) and new ways of combining charging, automation and freight parking. This energy-based and quantitative approach makes it possible to relate logistics as a service to sustainability.

E-Laas' overall objective is to create a new energy minimization methodology, from consolidation centers to customers' doors, stimulating energy savings at all levels. Moreover, the methodology allows to contrast different modular solutions via the concept of interlaced energy foot printing.

Finally, two further approaches are considered: social responsibility and electric power infrastructure. In this respect, it first examines how to increase social responsibility at different levels (customer, service provider, city). Secondly, it analyzes how the electricity grid and related infrastructure can affect the energy balance in logistics missions.

Coordinator: Chalmers University of Technology (Europe), Shanghai University (China)

Partners: Tsinghua University (China), Warsaw University of Technology (Poland), City of Stockholm (Sweden), Trafikkontoret (Sweden), ParkUnload (Spain), Metropolis GZM (Poland), Shanghai Urban-Rural Construction and Transportation Department (China), Volvo Group Trucks Technology and Operations (Sweden)

Total contribution: SEK 3 111 000

Start date: May 2, 2023 

End date: April 30, 2026

Type of action: research