The steadily growing demand related to increasing urbanisation is turning the management of logistics flows in urban areas a more complex process, with higher demand for adaptability and flexibility for the new solutions to contribute to optimise the overall transport capacity, reducing operational costs and negative impacts (health, safety).
URBANIZED develops and demonstrates the next generation of modular vehicle architectures for urban-sized commercial e-vehicles, satisfying design principles of optimisation and right-sizing vehicles for their mission, delivering outputs in three dimensions:
- high-performance e-powertrain components and control architectures, through the use of advanced co-design approaches;
- interchangeable, plug & play cargo modules for different urban freight transport use case scenarios and
- integrated energy and fleet management strategies using data, connectivity and learning algorithms.
URBANIZED follows a holistic design approach working at three levels (systems, vehicle, fleet) during the entire project. Starting with the definition of specific mission profiles within two main pre-selected use cases (last-mile delivery of retail, e-commerce, courier and post; HoReCa and other urban on-demand services), during the optimisation loops of the design process, and until project demonstrations, to be performed both physical and in virtual environments, covering the specific requirements of operators.
URBANIZED brings a complementary multi-disciplinary consortium of nine partners from six EU countries, involving all relevant actors from the value chain, from academic, to industrial (TIER1, OEMs) and logistics operators. Aiming at broadening dissemination and impact, URBANIZED defines an extended partnership, involving three satellite cities (Groningen, Madrid and Bergen) committed to CO2-emissions free logistics in their city centres by 2030 and a high volume OEM (Ford) highly positioned in the LCV market, all interested in replicability of project results.