Unlike in rail transport, where electromobility has been established for a long time, freight transport using heavy-duty trucks on the road depends on diesel power. However, it is precisely here that the use of electromobility could substantially contribute to the reduction of fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. Therefore, the KV-E-CHAIN project is to demonstrate that in combined modes of transport - with pre and post road transport - an all-electric supply chain is already possible today. The objective is to guarantee a closed electromobile transport chain from rail handling in the central warehouse to the retailer by means of urban logistic nodes. In the process, electric trucks will be integrated into existing fleets, new urban logistics business models will be developed and solar power used for recharging. As a result, new possibilities will be shown for environmentally-friendly delivery to congested urban areas.
Within the framework of the project, containers and swap bodies that have been delivered to Berlin's West Harbour by train will be provided with all-electric and emission-free transport to different destinations in Berlin. Among others, the biggest electric truck approved for road use with a mass of up to 40 tons will be deployed. Furthermore, three small electric and two hybrid vehicles will be used for transportation in the harbour or between the different harbour sites. In order to ensure a reliable electrical operation, a charging station will be built on-site at Berlin's West Harbour and will be supplied with solar power from the Berlin Energy Agency. The project will be headed by the Technical University of Applied Sciences Wildau, which will also provide scientific support.