City logistics: Promising tests with e-trucks at off-peak times of day

City logistics: Promising tests with e-trucks at off-peak times of day

MAN has presented the results of test drives of its eTGM distribution truck in Munich. According to the manufacturer, the test drives as part of the ZEUS ("Zero Emission off-peak Urban Deliveries") project were able to demonstrate that electric trucks can be used well in inner cities at sensitive times.

Briefly for reference, the aim of the ZEUS project, which will start in October 2019, is to develop and demonstrate quiet, urban logistics processes during daytime and nighttime hours to identify feasible off-peak deliveries for cities. The project is part of EIT Urban Mobility, an EU initiative of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT).

As part of this project, MAN and the city of Munich completed test runs with the all-electric eTGM in November 2020, the results of which are now available. According to the results, the use of the e-truck during off-peak hours resulted in time savings of 15 to 30 percent compared to deliveries during the day. At the same time, punctuality and plannability were increased to almost 100 percent.