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The Benefits of a Mixed Electric Delivery Fleet

Study: Logistics companies could save over half a billion euros annually using mixed electric delivery fleets

A recent study by EIT InnoEnergy demonstrates that mixed electric fleets of e-cargo bikes and e-vans can deliver significant cost savings for city logistics providers compared to a 100% e-van fleet.

The benefits include cost savings, operational efficiency, and sustainability. For a major logistics player delivering 2 billion parcels annually, the potential annual cost savings by 2030 through a mixed fleet of 80% e-cargo bikes and 20% e-vans could amount to around €554 million, alongside reducing last-mile logistics emissions by up to 80%.

The study comes at a time when logistics companies are aiming to improve margins and reduce CO2 emissions, especially with the continuous growth of e-commerce in the European Union. Strict regulations, such as Stockholm’s upcoming ban on combustion-engine vehicles in the city center, are also pushing logistics operators to decarbonize their last-mile delivery operations.

The study indicates that the use of e-cargo bikes reduces the total cost per parcel compared to relying only on e-vans, regardless of the fleet composition or urban layout. Even in an optimized scenario, such as an 80% e-cargo bike and 20% e-van fleet in a medium-sized city, the potential savings per parcel by 2030 could reach €0.28, totaling approximately €554 million for large logistics providers.

In addition to cost savings, cities are interested in the benefits of mixed fleets, including emission reduction, reducing traffic congestion, and easing competition for urban space, as well as reducing strain on local energy grids.

If you are interested, you can view the whole study by clicking on the following link: 

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