Trucks are mainly used as means of transport in the industrial supply chain. The increasing degree of networking and complexity enables suppliers to create economic value added, but it also places special demands on transport logistics, which are made more difficult by the additional factors of environmental friendliness, sustainability and cost efficiency.
This is where the eJIT project comes in: under the leadership of the AMZ automotive network, the project partners are pursuing the goal of developing a pioneering role in electrification of just-in-time logistics traffic - two vehicles are being built for this purpose.
The research project aims at examining business models of logistics making use of electric mobility on the example of the automobile industry and aims at analysing possibilities for the use of electric tractors.
First of all, an analysis and preparation has to be done: at the beginning, the theoretical work will be done, including an overview about the current state of science and technology which will be incorporated into the project. Moreover, the current state of logistics systems at the automotive production site will be analysed and necessary requirements for an electro-logistics system will be recorded. Then, the construction of the vehicles can be prepared.
Phase includes the construction of pilot systems and vehicles: the project vehicles will be built up and future technologies of electromobility and driver assistance will be integrated into the vehicles. Moreover, two field tests or pilot systems will be prepared in Leipzig and Zwickau. With the development of system models, hypotheses about the behaviour of the system of electro transport-, electro logistics - and electro traffic systems will be developed.
Phase 3 focuses on simulation and business models: findings are obtained by simulation and empirical studies in practical field trials at the production sites. Moreover, explanations are given for the causes of the behaviour of the system. Moreover, forecasts on the efficiency of the systems and business models, optimization potential, requirements for development and proposals for action are formulated.