The nationwide “Zukunft.de” pilot project focusing on e-mobility on the last mile and which will be managed by Hamburg was launched Friday (October 19, 2018) by Andreas Scheuer, Germany’s Minister of Transport and Digital Infrastructure. Up to 500 electric transporters are to be used for inner-city parcel delivery on the so-called “last mile” as part of the project. (“Zukunft.de” stands for “delivery services customer-friendly, sustainable, flexible and transparent. Through freedom from emissions”.) The plans foresee developing charging infrastructure for e-transporters in company distribution centres and depots as well as broad-based scientific monitoring. The project is set to unfold mainly in the states of Baden-Württemberg, Hamburg and Hesse. To this end, eleven project partners and five other associated partners will co-operate closely until late 2020.
Honour and challenge for Hamburg
A delighted Frank Horch, Senator for Economics, Transport and Innovation, commented: “Air pollution control and climate protection require great efforts in the future design of urban transport. The delivery traffic on the so-called last mile plays a central role here because it generates economic growth based on the use of vehicles in the sensitive inner-city environment. The best way to secure this mobility in the long term and prevent traffic-limiting measures is to switch to locally pollutant-free drive technologies. The federal government and the states involved here have recognised this and are pulling in the same direction. We consider it an honour and a challenge for Hamburg to lead and co-ordinate this project consortium”.
Leading logistics companies co-operating
The four leading logistics companies, DPD Deutschland, GLS Germany, Hermes Germany and UPS United Parcel Service Deutschland will deploy around 500 zero-emission vans produced Daimler AG and Volkswagen AG in inner cities in e.g. Hamburg, Stuttgart, Heilbronn, Mannheim, Darmstadt and Frankfurt on the last mile. In addition to converting the vehicle fleets to clean drive technology and testing these e-vehicles, loading and depot management will be developed and scalability concepts prepared for nationwide deployment.
Further Hamburg Participations
The project will be implemented with Stromnetz Hamburg GmbH and EnBW AG (associated) and will receive scientific backing from the Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences, the Fraunhofer Institut für Arbeitswirtschaft und Organisation (IAO) as well as the Kühne Logistics University. It will be co-ordinated by the Hamburg project control centre hySOLUTIONS GmbH and the two associated partners e-mobil BW and the Hessisches Ministerium für Wirtschaft, Energie, Verkehr und Landesentwicklung. The German Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure is supporting the project with around EUR 9.9 million. “Hamburg is gearing up to host the Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) World Congress in 2021:https://www.hamburg-news.hamburg/en/hamburg-host-its-world-congress/. Managing the Zukunft.de project is another key challenge en route to becoming a model city for mobility solutions.