Logo: EffizienzCluster - LogistikRuhr


The traffic and supply situation in urban centers requires new concepts for goods distribution and for stationary vehicles. Parking garages in cities present an immense potential, but they are not used efficiently. Automated parking garages could now become the eBase for commercial traffic.

During the day city parking garages provide the space for parked cars, at night they are often empty. This has led to an approach for a new orientation of inner city distribution traffic. Goods can be delivered at night, be stored in the parking garage and later be distributed from there into the city. However, the background conditions make it difficult to use the space for commercial purposes as there are often access restrictions for classic delivery vans in environment or pedestrian zones. So, environmentally friendly solutions must also be considered for the vehicles in this context.

Objective of the Project

Within the scope of this project a modular, space-saving and automatic parking garage with integrated battery charging and changing stations will be developed that also offers the possibilities for warehouse storage. In the parking garage the vehicles will be stored away on shelves like in a high rack warehouse. The new eBase4Mobility is particularly suited as a base for suburban distribution like parcel services, car sharing, rental car companies, taxis or mobile nursing services. This will be piloted in the Rhine-Ruhr area. In the medium term implementation is planned for half of the 81 large cities in Germany.
At the same time, the project will establish new structures and develop the necessary system components in order to utilize electro-mobility for delivery vehicles in urban areas. This will promote the use of low-emission deliveries in inner-city areas.

Specific Innovations

In order to enable this electro mobility for the future of inner city delivery vehicles, safe charging points with automated coupling and display systems for the users which also monitor and control payment processes are currently being developed. Vehicle components for hybrid technology are being developed as retrofit packages and tested in an experimental vehicle in order to guarantee the environmental compatibility of the concept for electric vehicles which are already in use. Furthermore, it is aimed to establish a region-wide network where vehicles can park and be recharged. Transferable technologies will be developed together with identification and payment systems for the users of eBases. A network for a suitable supply structure will also be designed.

Partners in the Project

BES Buchal Engineering Systems


Busch-Jaeger Elektro GmbH


Fraunhofer Institute for Material Flow and Logistics IML


Großewinkelmann GmbH & Co. KG

Automated 24-hour parking garages could become the eBase for inner city distribution. The researchers are focusing on electro-mobility, too.

Contact person

 Ralf Erdmann


Fraunhofer Institute for Material Flow and Logistics

Phone: +49 (0) 231 9743 160


Facts & Figures

Start of the Project


Project Duration
48 months

Project Volume
1.2 Mio. Euro

IT as a driver of innovation


A compass for the logistics


Members of EffizienzCluster

EffizienzCluster Management GmbH
Kölner Str. 80 - 82
45481 Mülheim an der Ruhr

Tel.: 0208-9925 - 255
Fax: 0208-9925 - 222
E-Mail: info@effizienzcluster.de