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E-Route - Electro-mobility at the last mile

The interest of companies in extending their vehicle fleet to electric utility vehicles is big. However, there is no established knowledge of business cost-benefit aspects yet. The research project E-Route is intending to close that gap.

Mobility and future experts are expecting a rising use of electric vehicles. This development also includes the field of utility vehicles. In logistics, there is particular potential in the area of last mile logistics. Sporadically, companies have already started to test battery-powered trucks. Currently, the research for electro-mobility is mainly concentrating on the optimization of technical bases for electric vehicles and electric utility vehicles. The question for the economic benefit, however, remains unanswered: How can companies calculate whether and in which areas the implementation of electro-mobile trucks is sensible? Which process adjustments are necessary and what is the consequence, for example for the employees’ qualification?

Objective of the Project

Logistics companies shall be supported in the sensible planning of implementing electro-mobility in commercial sectors and in restructuring their vehicle fleet. The research project E-Route is assigned to the key topic Goods Transport Management in the EffizienzCluster LogistikRuhr. Special emphasis lies on the contribution of electric utility vehicles to sustainable and environmentally friendly logistics.
E-Route consequently shows the use of commercial electric vehicles from the perspective of companies and considers the question of process adjustments in logistics operations in companies. Among those count for example the planning of disposal and routes as well as the training of employees. With both project partners – the Deutsche Post DHL as logistics company and the pharmacy association NOWEDA as retail company – the researchers gather within the scope of their actual state analysis the routes, a product travels from the regional distribution warehouse to the point of sale respectively to the customer, and the processes behind that. According to that, test and measuring rides are accompanied with a battery-powered transporter under real conditions. Both partners meet most different requirements with their demands for last-mile logistics. Based on the test drives the researchers develop business guidelines for the application of electro-mobility at the last mile.

Specific Innovations

The result of the project shall be the publishing of a handbook „Electric vehicles in last-mile logistics“, connected with an investment calculation. The practice-oriented handbook will contain numerous checklists and guidelines. For the first time, companies can thus analyze and evaluate an economic benefit of commercial electro-mobility at the last mile.

Partners in the Project

ild Institut für Logistik- & Dienstleistungsmanagement


PIM Institute of Production and Industrial Information Management


Deutsche Post DHL


NOWEDA eG Apothekergenossenschaft

Electro-mobility is not only a question of technology. It is also a question of business economics. Only, it eMobility is profitable for a company, the electronic transportation will gain acceptance.

Contact person

Prof. Dr. Matthias Klumpp


ild Institut für Logistik- & Dienstleistungsmanagement


Facts & Figures

Start of the Project


Project Duration
31 months

Project Volume
1 Mio. Euro

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