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Challenges and perspectives for the use of electric vehicles for last mile logistics of grocery e-commerce – Findings from case studies in Germany

Ehrler, Verena and Schöder, Dustin and Seidel, Saskia (2019) Challenges and perspectives for the use of electric vehicles for last mile logistics of grocery e-commerce – Findings from case studies in Germany. Research in Transportation Economics. Elsevier. doi: 10.1016/j.retrec.2019.100757. ISSN 0739-8859.

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Abstract

More and more cities struggle to provide acceptable air quality and noise levels for their inhabitants. At the same time, urbanization is continuing, as is the need for supply with groceries in cities. Another ongoing trend is the growth of online shopping of groceries. Increase of online shopping in other areas, e.g. clothing, has resulted in augmented transport demand due to deliveries and returns. Therefore, an approach is needed to uncouple grocery supply related transport demand from emissions augmentation. This is only possible though, if transportation efficiency is further improved and if lower emission technologies (noise and fumes) are applied, e.g. electric vehicles. With limited data available on urban commercial transport as well as on e-mobility, it is difficult for both logistics providers and politics to prepare for these developments and understand their implications. Focusing on the German market and using the test case of a renowned logistics service provider who trialed e-vehicles for commercial transport, this paper discusses potential shifts in grocery shopping habits, maps out perspectives, prerequisites and challenges for a shift to electric vehicles for their distribution and derives recommendations for industry and politics based on the findings.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/134962/
Document Type:Article
Title:Challenges and perspectives for the use of electric vehicles for last mile logistics of grocery e-commerce – Findings from case studies in Germany
Authors:
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iD
Ehrler, VerenaVerena.Ehrler (at) dlr.dehttps://orcid.org/0000-0001-7997-8842
Schöder, DustinHellmann Worldwide LogisticsUNSPECIFIED
Seidel, SaskiaSaskia.Seidel (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Date:November 2019
Journal or Publication Title:Research in Transportation Economics
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:No
Gold Open Access:No
In SCOPUS:Yes
In ISI Web of Science:Yes
DOI:10.1016/j.retrec.2019.100757
Publisher:Elsevier
ISSN:0739-8859
Status:Published
Keywords:Electric vehicles Urban logistics Online grocery sales E-commerce Emission reduction E-grocery Online distribution
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Transport
HGF - Program Themes:Transport System
DLR - Research area:Transport
DLR - Program:V VS - Verkehrssystem
DLR - Research theme (Project):V - Energie und Verkehr
Location: Berlin-Adlershof
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Transport Research > Commercial Transport
Deposited By: Ehrler, Verena
Deposited On:08 Jun 2020 13:31
Last Modified:08 Jun 2020 13:31

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